Columbus police apprehended a man who allegedly burglarized an Edgewood Drive home and stole a vehicle parked outside of the residence on May 28.
Michael Delk, 30, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree burglary in Recorder's Court Tuesday morning. Delk was placed in Muscogee County Jail without bond and the case was bound over to Superior Court.
Sometime between 1 a.m. and 6:48 a.m., Delk crawled through the "doggy door" in the 4700 block of Edgewood Drive and stole $5,000 worth of merchandise, including keys to a 2011 Hyundai Genesis, electronics, yard equipment and more, Detective Jack Wills said.
On the same day of the incident, police obtained video that showed him using another's card to steal money from an ATM in Phenix City. In the video, he was seen driving the stolen vehicle and damaging the ATM machine, Wills said. As a result, Phenix City police have issued a warrant for his arrest, the detective testified.
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Delk is also wanted in Harris County under multiple warrants, Wills told the court.
Police said the stolen vehicle was found four days later with stolen property inside, and they haven't been able to determine who owns the items. Officials also found the suspect's fingerprints on the Hyundai Genesis, but Delk denied the accusation when authorities questioned him following his Friday night arrest, Wills said.
"He stated that someone gave him the car and he did not commit the burglary and that was all he knew about this particular case," Wills said.
Columbus police plan to issue additional burglary and auto theft warrants against Delk on Thursday. It's unclear if they are related to the May 28 incident.
Delk did not testify.