COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested a man in connection with a string of burglaries, including a handful at schools.
The Columbia Police Department took Michael L.W. Maurer Jr., 19, into custody as a suspect in multiple burglaries. According to a press release from the Police Department, Maurer admitted to committing 11 burglaries total, four of which were carried out at Columbia Public Schools.
On Wednesday, police responded to a burglary report on the 1900 block of Vassar Court. During their questioning of neighbors, one resident recalled seeing a strange vehicle at a nearby residence around lunchtime, the release stated. The resident was able to provide the license plate number to police.
Police were led to Maurer when the 16-year-old female driver of the vehicle provided information that led to his identification. From this information, officers were able to begin surveillance of his residence at 5615 Clearview Road, the release stated.
Maurer was apprehended as he and another male ran through the woods behind the residence on Clearview Road. Two police officers were able to take them into custody without incident, the release stated. A search warrant was then issued for the Clearview residence, where multiple items of stolen property were ultimately found.
According to the release, when detectives interviewed Maurer about the stolen property, he was able to provide specific details about the burglary locations, how he gained entry and what items were stolen. Maurer also admitted to giving some of the property to friends. Police are asking that anyone who received stolen property bring it to the police so that it may be returned to its original owner.
According to the release, Maurer was arrested on a warrant for receiving stolen property with no bond and five counts of second-degree burglary with a bond totaling $28,000.