Police make arrest in hair product theft

Robert Johnson was arrested on suspicion of his connection to the three burglaries.

A Columbia resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing musical equipment, money and hair products from three businesses.

Robert Johnson, 26, was pulled over travelling eastbound on I-70 when officers discovered stolen items in plain view in the vehicle, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The car was connected to the burglaries when an eye witness saw the second robbery and called it into CPD. CPD was able to give a vehicle description and license plate number.

The first robbery took place at 9:10 p.m. at Music Go Round, located at 2609 E. Broadway. Musical equipment was stolen from the business. Through video surveillance, CPD determined the suspect had been in the store earlier that day.

The second was at 9:18 p.m. at Play It Again Sports, located at 1206 W. Business Loop 70. The suspect entered the business using a tire tool and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The witness, who was staying in a nearby hotel, was able to obtain a vehicle description and registration on a Chevrolet Impala while the suspect was in the store.

At 10:25 p.m. hair products were stolen from Great Clips hair salon at 2703 E. Broadway.

CPD spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said none of the businesses were open during the burglaries.

Stroer said there is evidence Johnson committed all three burglaries.

“(We have) the video surveillance from Music Go Round where they have a good suspect description,” she said. “They also had the video surveillance from earlier that day and also he had the stolen items in his vehicle.”

In addition to the three counts of second degree burglary, Stroer said Johnson was also charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor.

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