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Police: Additional suspect found in stolen vehicle caught with marijuana

Police have apprehended another young man they allegedly found in a stolen 2009 Mercedes ML350 taken from Westfield Drive Tuesday morning.

Carl A. Scott, 21, pleaded guilty to possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. He was given 30 days sentence suspended upon the payment of $300 and 12 months probation.

The case was bound over to State Court.

Columbus officials went to a parking lot near the intersection of Brown Avenue and Seventh Street to locate a 2009 Mercedes ML350 that was taken from her Westfield Drive Tuesday morning, according to reports.

Records show that the victim also reported that her home was burglarized within the same hour the vehicle was stolen from a garage. Columbus Police Officer Damien Jones told the court that police found a small group of men in the SUV, including Scott.

Jones said the men fled the scene and jumped a fence during the attempted escape, but he was able to catch Scott.

After searching the suspect, they allegedly found a "marijuana cigarette" in his left front pocket and additional marijuana sealed in a plastic bag in his right front pocket. In total, he held 0.11 grams with a street value of $11, Jones told the court.

Police say they also caught suspect Jacoby Dondonte Hawkins, a teen who was also seen in the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Brown Avenue and Seventh Street.

Officials said they found a Kel-Tec 9mm pistol near the area where he fled to when police approached the 2009 Mercedes ML350.

During a Wednesday morning Recorder's Court hearing, the 19-year-old pleaded not guilty to theft by taking motor vehicle, first-degree burglary, obstruction and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Hawkins was placed in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $80,000, and the case was bound over to Superior Court.

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