Theft suspect caught wearing victims’ clothing

Christopher Battin. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
Christopher Battin. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

A Columbus man was arrested on theft and other charges after he was found wearing a victim’s clothing and after leaving his ID card in a stolen backpack.

30-year-old Christopher Battin was arrested after a string of vehicle break-ins on Sunday evening in the 2500 block of 25th Street.

Witnesses described a suspect who was riding on a bicycle and carrying a backpack stolen from one of the vehicles. A short while later, officers found the discarded backpack and it contained stolen items as well as Battin’s driver’s license, says Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for the Columbus Police Department.

Officers saw Battin on a bicycle near 22nd Street and Keller Avenue. Witnesses confirmed that he was the person they saw in the vehicles, but they also confirmed that he was wearing a coat and shoes taken from a vehicle. A search as he was being arrested also allegedly recovered a small amount of heroin, Harris said.

Battin is facing preliminary charges of theft, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of heroin.