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Columbia man arrested on suspicion of stealing computer

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 | 5:22 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia police were dispatched Monday night to the 2300 block of Grindstone Parkway after a woman reported seeing a man leave her Copper Beech apartment with her computer.

Police investigated and found that the theft did not take place Monday but rather Nov. 21, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

The woman told investigators that she had arranged for a drug deal that night, Stroer said. Two men arrived at the woman's apartment at about 11 p.m.

During the meeting, one of the men got angry and left the apartment. He later returned with an object that looked like a machete and then left with the woman's computer, Stroer said.

After the initial incident, the woman exchanged text messages with the man who took the computer, arranging to buy the computer back, Stroer said.

Officers found the computer in Uchechukwu Onwuzuruoha's car Monday night on Keenes Edge Drive in east Columbia.

Onwuzuruoha, a 20-year-old Columbia man, was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action and robbery. The other man suspected of involvement in the drug deal was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of robbery. Bond has not yet been set for either man.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.


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