A 19-year-old Phenix City man was robbed and the vehicle he was driving was stolen after he was threatened Friday in broad daylight on Sixth Avenue, Columbus police said.
Police recovered the yellow 2002 Ford Ranger pickup shortly after the 12:16 p.m. theft and arrested Trinity Bullock of Columbus. He is charged with one count each of robbery and felony theft by taking the pickup truck. Bullock, 40, is held in the Muscogee County Jail on bonds totaling more than $22,000 for a 9 a.m. Tuesday hearing in Recorder’s Court.
The theft of the vehicle was witnessed by Leonard Crain, president of the Better Business Bureau in Columbus. He was parked on Sixth Avenue beneath the 13th Street Bridge to eat a sandwich for lunch when he spotted a man near the driver's side of the pickup owned by 4+ Bug Getters of Phenix City.
Crain said he knew something was wrong when the young man was ordered with his hands up to get out of the vehicle. Crain said he started to pulled down the street closer to the pickup when it took off. “He sped off,” Crain said. “I was more worried about the young man.”
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The truck was last seen speeding toward the Midtown Medical Center. Painted yellow with black stripe, the $4,500 truck was easy to spot by police.
Police said the suspect took also took a $300 cell phone from the victim who wasn’t injured during the vehicle theft.
Crain usually advises residents on scams and fraud but Friday was different. He said you should always be aware of what’s around you. “Keep your eye balls open and be aware of your surroundings,” he said.