Just before 3 am Wednesday morning, Columbus Police Department Officer Paul Garret was patrolling the area of Bluecutt Road when he noticed a vehicle with the back hatch open and the headlights on parked in front of The Boat Gallery. Upon closer inspection, Officer Garret noticed a young male dressed in camouflage trying to remove the fencing from the post. The young man approached Garret and told him the he was trying to “get his wheels”, indicating towards a 1994 green Honda 300 Fourtrax ATV.
The male, later identified as Corey Deshaun Lockett told Garret that he had taken the four wheeler to the marina shop “for some repairs” and was trying to get the vehicle out because “I’m on my way outta town.” Officer Garret then radioed for back-up and asked E-911 to contact the owner of The Boat Gallery to confirm Lockett’s story. The owner told dispatchers that Lockett’s story was not true and officers detained the subject.
Officers Vincent Samuels, Ric Higgins and Corporal Donnie Elkin arrived on scene and upon investigating the scene, noticed the fence to the entrance of The Boat Gallery was badly damaged and bent. The front end of Lockett’s vehicle had white scrapes of paint on it as well. Boat Gallery owner Donald Barksdale arrived on scene and told officers that a young male matching Lockett’s description had test driven the ATV in question the day before and had not returned the keys.
Investigator LC Cockrell arrived on scene and took over the investigation.
Lockett was placed under arrrest and charged with Commercial Burglary.