Suspect arrested in connection with Columbia vehicle thefts

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 8:02 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU police made an arrest Thursday in connection with two thefts from parked vehicles, the latest of which took place near MU's Hitt Street Garage.

A passerby reported a broken car window to police in the 200 block of Hitt Street on Thursday. Officers were dispatched to the scene shortly before 4 p.m, said Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department.

This report arrived after an earlier instance of theft from a vehicle in Columbia. Witnesses for the earlier report were able to provide a description of the suspect.

Shortly after the second reported theft, an officer stopped to question a man who fit the description given from the first theft.

Upon being stopped, the man attempted to flee on foot. The officer pursued him and took him into custody.

Andrew Ryan Birmingham, 18, was arrested on charges of two counts of first degree property damage and one count of resisting arrest. Bail is set at $25,000.

He was being held in the Boone County Jail on Friday afternoon.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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