Crime

Report: Suspected Westfield Drive burglar caught in stolen car

The Columbus teen who allegedly burglarized a Westfield Drive home and stole a 2009 Mercedes ML350 was caught red-handed just hours after the offense, according to reports.

Nineteen-year-old Jacoby Dondonte Hawkins pleaded not guilty to theft by taking motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, obstruction and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Judge Michael Cielinski ordered Hawkins be placed in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $80,000.

Cielinski bounded the case over to Superior Court.

According to reports, the 60-year-old Columbus victim told police that she left her home Tuesday morning and when she returned home, she noticed that someone burglarized her residence and stole her silver 2009 Mercedes ML350 from her garage between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Using a GPS tracking device, officers located the stolen SUV in a parking lot at the intersection of Brown Avenue and Seventh Street. They found Hawkins and two others in the vehicle, and Hawkins quickly exited the van, police said

After a short foot chase, police apprehended Hawkins at 12:30 p.m., according to the records.

Officials said in a report that they found a Kel-Tec 9mm pistol next to a fence Hawkins jumped during his attempt to escape.

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