Police Arrest Suspect Responsible for 13 Thefts from Vehicles

On August 28, New Albany Police arrested Shane McKee, 48, of west Columbus in connection with a string of thefts from motor vehicles. Police say McKee was responsible for 13 thefts in New Albany throughout the month of August. The majority of the thefts were crimes of opportunity in which McKee entered unlocked vehicles and unsecured garage doors, removing credit cards, cash and other items.

McKee is currently in the Franklin County Jail and faces charges of receiving stolen property and a felony warrant for parole violation. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 4.

Detectives would like to thank our residents for providing home surveillance footage that identified McKee and our 3rd shift patrol officers for their assistance in making the arrest.

“I’ve always said that the residents are an extension of our eyes and ears,” said Sgt. Joel Strahler. “It’s great to have residents out there that do report these crimes to us so that we are aware and can respond to your needs.”

Sgt. Strahler says the best way to avoid crimes like this is to lock your vehicle doors and to keep your home and garage doors secured.