COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary and stealing Sunday, according to a Columbia Police Department release.
Police officers arrested Mostafa Jawadi of 1805 Blue Ridge Road in Columbia in connection with missing shelving units from a foreclosed property, Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said.
Haden said that he could also be involved in other recent burglaries in Columbia. There have been three similar burglaries this year and one in 2009, involving the theft of washers, dryers and shelving. The houses were all vacant or foreclosed.
"We think it is entirely possible that he is responsible for some of these, if not all of these," Haden said.
Jawadi, however, denied he was involved in the other burglaries, according to the release.
Police responded to a burglary call at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 2205 Corona Road. The house at that address is vacant and under foreclosure with the company Freddie Mac, the release said.
Officers spoke to realtors who had discovered a white van backed into the driveway. A man was seen loading items into the van, the release said.
Jawadi kept saying that he had authority to be in there because he had the master key for many foreclosed houses, Haden said. Local properties under foreclosure with Freddie Mac are managed by Columbia’s House of Brokers. The realtors with House of Brokers said Jawadi did not have permission to be in the residence, the release said.
The van was a white 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan with a rear license plate of KE9K5A and no front plate, according to the release. The vehicle’s registration was traced to First American Realty of 1805 Blue Ridge Road in Columbia.
Jawadi was transported to Boone County Jail on a $5,000 bond after processing, according to the release.
Rob Bratney contributed to this story.