Columbus residents sought in break-ins

A Columbus man and woman are wanted in Brown County after being linked to vehicle break-ins at Brown County High School.

On Feb. 8, warrants for James M. Purdue, 20, and Christine M. Purdue, 29, were issued by Brown Circuit Court.

The break-ins occurred early in the morning Sept. 26. Officer Brian Shrader reported that he linked the two to the crimes after comparing images from the high school’s security cameras and from cameras at Speedway gas station.

The high school’s video showed a man and woman working together to break into several vehicles and place stolen items in a white truck, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Then, they walked to the gas station to use the restroom, police said.

The man in the gas station video had a mohawk haircut and a flame tattoo on his right forearm.

On Oct. 2, Shrader posted the images on the Nashville Police Department’s Facebook page and several people called in to identify them as James and Christine Purdue.

A search warrant was granted for Christine’s Columbus residence and the white truck Oct. 3. Shrader reported discovering multiple stolen items, including a Brown County High School letter jacket in the bedroom and a Pioneer radio deck in the truck.

One of the break-in victims identified everything that was recovered as belonging to her, the affidavit said.

On Feb. 4, James and Christine were both charged with theft, a Level 6 felony, and two counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, a Class B misdemeanor.

Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.