A series of break-ins Sunday night have Columbia City police asking for help in locating and arresting a suspect.
According to Det. Tim Longenbaugh of the Columbia City Police Department four homes and one business were broken into Sunday evening between 8 and 9 p.m.
So far, he said only minor items, small amounts of cash and loose change, have been reported missing.
Unlike a series of break-ins last month in the city, Longenbaugh said no one was home during the recent incidents.
Columbia City will be cutting down more than 200 ash trees around the city, hopefully beginning in the next few months.
The cityâs Board of Works and Safety discussed the tree issue at its regular weekly meeting Friday.
According to Mayor Jim Fleckâs office, the project is being undertaken to combat and avoid the consequences of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that compromises the integrity of the tree and creates potential danger of collapse.
âOne of those trees coming through the roof would far exceed what it would cost to remove the tree in the first place,â Fleck said.