Young man accused of breaking into two vehicles apologizes to victim

The 25-year-old Columbus suspect accused of unlawfully entering two vehicles Sunday night on Sandy Bottom Drive told the court that the incident was simply a misunderstanding.

Coretz Marquet Hubbard pleaded not guilty to two counts of entering an automobile and one count of each of criminal attempt burglary, possession of marijuana and loitering and prowling charges connected to the incident.

He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $16,000.

Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski bounded the case over to Superior Court.

Hubbard apologized to the victim, stating that he accidentally climbed into the wrong vehicle parked in the 6400 block of Sandy Drive.

"I was really drunk," Hubbard said to the victim. "I was at my friend's house, and I was just trying to get in my homeboy's car. He has a black Camry. I was trying to get his car, so I could lay back, chill and sober up."

Officer Ron Staley said that a Columbus woman allegedly heard Hubbard try to enter her Sandy Bottom Drive house through the front screen door at about 9:45 p.m. She told police that she witnessed him walk away from her door and toward her silver 2015 Ford Explorer, the testifying officer added.

The victim told officials that Hubbard then entered the 2015 Ford Explorer, rummaged through her property and exited the vehicle. The offender supposedly did the same with her 2003 Honda Accord, Staley told the court.

The victim's boyfriend reportedly saw Hubbard search through the silver 2015 Ford Explorer and the 2003 Honda Accord. The witness said he followed the suspect until police arrived on the scene.

An official was called to the Sandy Bottom Drive house at about 9:48 p.m., according to an arrest report.

Staley told the court that both vehicles "appeared to have been rummaged through," but nothing was taken from the woman's purse and her vehicles were not damaged.

The contents of the woman's purse were dumped on the passenger seat of the 2003 Honda Accord, the officer added.

Staley said he saw Hubbard walking at the corner of Crestline Drive and Sandy Bottom Drive, and the witness and victim identified him as the offender.

An official said he approached the suspect, searched him and found 1.5 grams of marijuana valued at $15 in Hubbard's possession.

Hubbard was taken into custody in the 6400 block of Bottom Drive Sunday at 10 p.m.