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Suspect confesses to several Columbus burglaries

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Charles Johnson, 31. Photo source: Columbus Police Department Charles Johnson, 31. Photo source: Columbus Police Department
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A burglary suspect has confessed to a string of crimes across the City of Columbus.

Charles Johnson was picked up by Columbus police from the Muscogee County Jail, and questioned about burglaries that took place at several stores over a number of weeks.

Johnson is accused of stealing primarily cigarettes among other things. He confessed to the following business burglaries:

Corner Store - 2802 Dawson St. - 07-04-14
Corner Store - 2802 Dawson St. - 06-28-14
La Mexicana - 3305 Victory Dr. - 07-08-14
Handee Mart - 3266 Cusseta Rd. - 07-05-14
Wild Gills - 3434 Buena Vista Rd. - 07-09-14
State of Georgia - 3434 Buena Vista Rd. - (obstruction / poss tools comm. Crime) - 07-09-14 

We spoke with Columbus police about how homeowners and businesses can protect themselves from being targets.

"One of the things that does help is having vehicles in your driveway at your residence, even if someone's not there," says Sgt. Joe Weatherford with the Columbus Police Department. "You know there's a general rule, most burglars will take the path of least resistance, and that would be an empty home. If they believe someone is there, they will generally pass that residence up."

Officials say the Johnson was able to gain entry through the roofs of the businesses to avoid triggering the alarms right away.

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