A major burglary ring operating in Columbus was broken up as a result of Tuesday's arrest of four men Columbus Police say were observed committing the daylight burglary of a house on Lynda Lane Tuesday morning, Chief Ricky Boren said Wednesday.
"I definitely would say it was a major burglary ring," Boren said. "They did very, very good work yesterday."
The men, who were chased down by Columbus Police in a foot race and search that lasted about three hours in the Hilton Heights area, will receive a hearing in Columbus Recorder's Court at 2 p.m. today (Thursday). Police were assisted by other agencies.
The four men, who are being held in the Muscogee County Jail, are Marcellus Brandon Sheard, 20, of 34-D Arrowhead Road, Fort Benning; Heratio Davarus Sistrunk, 20, of 1008 34th Ave.; Michal Sistrunk, 20, who told police he is homeless; and Jamar Antwon Wimberly, 18, of 3101 8th St., Columbus. They are all charged with burglary and obstruction (misdemeanor) of an officer, after police say they observed them coming from a residence on Lynda Lane Tuesday morning. Police blocked their car and the men fled on foot, hiding at various locations.
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One suspect was arrested quickly, but the other three were apprehended nearly three hours later hiding near Techwood and Meadowview Drives.
Police also recovered about $3,500 worth of guns, jewelry and electronic items that were reported stolen.
Because firearms were taken, police alerted Clubview Elementary, Richards Middle and Hardaway High schools in that area. The schools were put on lockdown to prevent suspects from entering a school. Lt. Gil Slouchick reported Tuesday afternoon that none of the suspects or weapons reached a school campus. The schools were notified after the suspects were taken into custody.
Columbus Police also arrested another man Tuesday night on three counts of burglary and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Antione C. Baker, 17, of 1123 Dunbar, Columbus, was arrested at his residence with less than an ounce of marijuana the arrest report states he said was his. He also faces a hearing in Recorder's Court at 2 p.m. today.