On the same day the Columbus Police Department expanded a list of wanted men in a burglary ring, a possible suspect was shot Friday by a trooper in Atlanta after the stolen Acura he was riding in crashed into a Georgia State Patrol cruiser.
Alexander Streeter, 20, of Columbus was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after the 10:20 a.m. encounter with a trooper in southwest Atlanta. His condition was not available but he was conscious and alert, authorities said. Dvante Pollard, 21, also of Columbus, was inside the Acura and taken into custody. Pollard is wanted in Columbus on theft by taking of a motor vehicle, police Sgt. Joe Weatherford said.
Columbus police have been notified by the Georgia State Patrol that the Alexander Streeter shot in Atlanta is the one wanted on burglary charges in Columbus, Weatherford said Friday afternoon. While Columbus police believe it is the same person, Weatherford said they have not seen him yet to confirm it.
The Georgia State Patrol is continuing to investigate and Columbus police are communicating with them, Weatherford said.
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The 2011 Gray Acura occupied by Streeter and Pollard was reported stolen in Columbus around 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. The SUV, owned by a soldier, was taken from the parking lot of the Foxy Lady, a strip club on Victory Drive.
Friday morning, Alexander Streeter was among five men sought by Columbus police in connection with a suspected burglary ring. The other four included Chris Gilliam, 25, Delmorris Boyd, 26, Waymon McMillan, 18, and Jakeith Robinson, 19. All except Streeter are still being sought.
Police already have charged Emmanuel Williams, 18, Rickey Henderson, 19, Jacobee Matthews, 20, Demon Moore, 20, and Laquinton Robinson, 22, in connection with 26 burglaries in east and north Columbus. They were arrested Nov. 6 at the Veterans Parkway Econo Lodge after being accused of entering a David Court home and taking a TV, computer, jewelry and 2010 Nissan Maxima.
Police Lt. Steve Cox described the five new suspects as “cohorts” of the five men who were already charged.
“They all know each other very well,” he said.
In the Atlanta shooting, the Georgia State Patrol said the Acura was stopped on Ga. Highway 166 near Barge Road.
A prepared statement said a trooper attempted to stop the SUV after the vehicle had been identified as stolen. The Acura fled and turned onto Barge Road and Mellwood Avenue before taking a left on Susan Lane, a cul-de-sac.
The trooper attempted to block the vehicle in the cul-de-sac when the fleeing SUV struck the trooper’s vehicle head-on. The trooper tried to take one occupant to the ground after he climbed out of the passenger’s window. While struggling to get the suspect to the ground, the trooper said the man pulled a revolver from his waistband. The trooper pulled his service pistol and shot the suspect, striking him.
Charges are still pending in the incident, troopers said.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted by the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Professional Standards and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
As the burglary investigation continues in Columbus, Cox said he expects the additional arrests to provide information that could solve more cases. Police are continuing to piece together information about the suspects and the alleged burglary ring they were operating.
“All 10 of these guys were not doing this all at the same time,” Cox said. “Our information shows you would have different factions going out and doing different things at different times.”
A Friday Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing exemplified the group’s use of the different factions, after detectives were able to connect Matthews and Henderson to a late September burglary.
Matthews and Henderson both faced charges of burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle charges on Friday. Henderson faced an additional charge of theft by receiving.
On Sept. 30 around 11 a.m., Matthews and Henderson are accused of taking a Honda Accord and a large flat-screen TV from a woman’s 4900 block St. Marys Road home. The Accord was found hours later crashed and abandoned on 12th Avenue, with the TV in the back seat, Detective Molly Davis told the court.
“We were able to determine the suspects’ involvement due to fingerprints on the car and the TV,” Davis said.
Neither suspect made any statements on Friday.
Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond on the additional burglary and theft by taking motor vehicle charges for Henderson and Matthews. Henderson’s theft by receiving bond was set at $1,000.