Man faces multiple auto break-in charges

A Columbus man being held in the Muscogee County Jail may be responsible for as many as 46 auto break-ins, Columbus Police said Tuesday.

Ronald J. Black, 19, was arrested on one count of entering an auto on Feb. 20, but he now faces three counts and more charges are expected, said Columbus Police Lt. Gil Slouchick. Police also are looking for other suspects.

"These break-ins go as far back as Jan. 27, 2007," said Slouchick. "Apartment complexes were mainly targeted. We've been to Whisperwood, Milgen Village, The Lakes, Cross Creek Apartments — several complexes in the area. Mainly, stereo equipment, purses, CDs and other items left in the vehicles were taken."

Black received a preliminary hearing earlier and bond was set at $2,500 on the entering an auto charge. No bond was set for violating probation, records show.

As the investigation continues, Slouchick said he expects additional charges will be turned over to the district attorney to be presented to a grand jury.

"I am confident he will face additional charges," said Slouchick, noting that the present charges are from more recent break-ins, including one at The Lakes, 4343 Warm Springs Road, on Feb. 4.