Arrest made after man smashes car window in Five Points - - Columbia, South Carolina

Arrest made after man smashes car window in Five Points

(Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

A man was arrested after surveillance cameras show him breaking into a parked car in Five Points earlier this month. 

James Nikolia Johnson, 45, used a sharp object to break a car window, taking a backpack filled with items totaling about $2,200, said Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Timmons.

Investigators say the suspect is accused of breaking into another car in that same area. Columbia police have charged Johnson for larceny and grand larceny.

Police say the suspect is accused of breaking into another car in the same area.

Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago said from November to January there's a 20 percent increase in stolen car cases.

Johnson was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Police want to remind shoppers to be aware of their surroundings when out this holiday season:

  • Always lock your car. The majority of all vehicles stolen or broken into were left unlocked.
  • Don't make your car attractive to thieves by leaving valuables and holiday packages in plain sight. (remove money, including loose change, GPS devices, phone and phone accessories)
  • Park in well-lit areas. Many vehicle thefts and theft from vehicles occur at night.
  • Park in attended lots. Auto thieves do not like witnesses.
  • Never hide a second set of keys in your car.

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