South Columbus man recounts thwarting attempted car break-in

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — On March 25th a South Columbus man turned 31 and says his birthday came with the worst present ever. 

“You just feel violated. I could tell someone had been in my car as soon as I got in there,” he said. 

The man didn’t want to be identified because the suspect who broke into his car where it was parked on Carpenter near Livingston Avenue is still at large. 

“I’ve been violated one time. I just don’t want to make myself an easy target,” he said. 

The man tells NBC4 the suspect stole bluetooth headphones, tobacco and vaping accessories worth about $200. 

“That’s a lot to me. Definitely not disposable,” he said. 

A few blocks away, James Denbow says he’s been down this road plenty of times before in the nearly 20 years he’s lived on 17th near Sycamore.

“In the last year a handful of times but over the course of the last 18 years at least 50,” said Denbow. 

The day before the Carpenter break-in, Denbow says around 4:30 in the morning he saw a man walking down the street lifting door handles.

“I just chased the guy down. When I caught up with them he had a box cutter in his hand and I told him to drop the knife. He dropped the knife, I snatched a hold of him, threw him on the ground and basically told him don’t ever let me catch you on the street again,” he said. 

As for the other man, he’d just be happy with a belated birthday present from police. 

“I want to see this guy get taken down. I want to see him learn a lesson. These are people that work hard. You can’t just going to take something that people of worked hard for,” he said. 

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