For the second time this week, 30-year-old Michael Delk appeared in Recorder's Court to face charges tied a Columbus burglary and car theft.
Delk pleaded not guilty to one count each of first-degree burglary, theft by taking a motor vehicle and financial transaction card fraud. He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail without bond, and the case was bound over to Superior Court.
On June 17 at about 5:43 a.m., police were alerted about a burglary and car theft that occurred in the 1500 block of Holland Avenue. An officer went to the residence to investigate the incident and met with the victim, Columbus Detective Bill Tuning told the court.
The woman told police that she was awoken around 5 a.m. that morning by a loud noise in her home. She went back to sleep thinking that it was her daughter.
When she woke up that morning, she noticed that her bank cards, Dell laptop computer, the keys to her 2013 Toyota Corolla and her 2013 Toyota Corolla was missing, Tuning testified.
The detective said it wasn't long before Delk began to use the bank cards. Thanks to a mobile app on the victim's phone, she was alerted when the stolen card was used at the Circle K at 3720 Macon Road at about 5:18 a.m., Tuning said.
The next day, police went to the gas station to obtain its surveillance video.
The video shows a white man (who was later identified as Delk) using a card to purchase $20.81 worth of gas there, Tuning testified. He then went into the store and attempted to withdraw cash using the same card but was unsuccessful, police said.
The video also shows the theft approaching the counter with various items and attempting to use the woman's credit card to purchase them. The Circle K clerk told officials that she watched the man closely, because she thought he looked suspicious, according to Tuning's testimony.
"Because of the dollar amount of the items, the clerk requested that the white male give her his ID and PIN number since it was a debit check card," Tuning said. "The clerk stated to me that he could not provide a PIN number or his ID, so she would not allow him to use the card to purchase the items."
That's when Delk allegedly paid cash for the items that he could afford and left the gas station in the stolen vehicle, Tuning said.
The defendant was arrested and jailed Friday.
Delk made his first court appearance this week on Tuesday, when he appeared in Recorder's Court to face charges tied to a similar incident.
Delk pleaded not guilty to one count each of theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree burglary after police accused him of burglarizing an Edgewood Drive home and stealing a 2011 Hyundai Genesis directly outside of the dwelling on May 28. Police said a surveillance video shows Delk arriving at an ATM in Phenix City and using someone else's card to withdraw money, which lead Phenix City police to issue warrants for his arrest.
The suspect is also wanted in Harris County for multiple thefts.