COLUMBUS, Ind. – A man was arrested Tuesday after the Columbus camera system alerted authorities to the stolen car he was driving, the Columbus Police Department said Thursday.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, police received a FLOCK camera notification that a stolen car had entered Columbus.

“We have multiple license plate cameras around the city looking for stolen cars, missing persons, wanted persons, etc.,” CPD Lt. D. Matthew Harris said in a statement.

Shortly after, officers found the car unoccupied near State Road 11 and Kenmill Drive and saw a man – later identified as Anthony B. Smith, 44, of Columbus – running towards a nearby mobile home park , by CPD. Police said after a short foot chase, the officer arrested Smith and placed him under arrest following a “brief investigation”.

The CPD added that officers found methamphetamine and fentanyl inside the car.

Smith was taken to Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

  • Theft of a vehicle
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of a narcotic
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Resist law enforcement


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