CPD: Man accused of stealing food delivery car in Columbia

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John Melvin Bailey
Image: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Columbia Police officers say they arrested a man accused of stealing a food delivery car Monday morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., investigators say 37-year-old John Melvin Bailey is accused of stealing a Toyota Sequoia while it was idling unattended in the 1900 block of Blossom Street. Officials say the victim left the car running, and they attempted to stop the suspect when he walked back and saw him in the vehicle. Investigators say this attempt was unsuccessful, but the victim flagged down a driver and told them to follow the suspect while calling 911.

Police say officers were able to stop the vehicle at Gervais Street and Huger Street, where the suspect was arrested.

Authorities say Bailey is charged with grand larceny motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens. He was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

As a reminder, Columbia Police have the following tips to keep you and your belongings safe:

  • Don’t leave your car running and unattended.
  • Don’t leave keys in the ignition or anywhere inside of a vehicle
  • Lock your car, set the alarm and take all keys and key fobs.
  • Report a stolen car with local enforcement immediately
  • Take an updated photo of your vehicle. If your vehicle is stolen, the picture can assist officers with recovery efforts
  • Do not take police matters into your own hands


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