Columbia police charged a 19-year-old Columbia man with several car break-ins and auto theft in the Heathwood area, chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.
Collin Lee Daves is accused of stealing a Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 4100 block of Linwood Drive around 2:30 a.m. December 7. He also allegedly used a credit card stolen from a car on Palmer Road to buy gas.
When investigators, armed with a warrant, searched Daves’ Brennan Road home, they allegedly found a handgun reported stolen from a car break-in on MacGregor Drive.
Daves has been charged with autobreaking, grand larceny of a motor mehicle, larceny of a handgun, and financial transaction card fraud, Holbrook said. He was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Wednesday night.