Theft suspect takes ColumBUS to make escape

A man suspected of shoplifting an air conditioner from a store, tried to make his getaway on a Columbus city bus.

According to the Columbus Police Department, the incident happened Saturday afternoon at about 4:25 p.m. when officers were called to the eastside Walmart store on Whitfield Drive. Store security told officers that a man took an air conditioner from the store, then got on the ColumBUS with the air conditioning unit to escape.

Police soon stopped the bus near Indiana Avenue and Ross Street where the suspect, 31-year-old Cameron Sampson tried to exit the bus. He was detained an the air conditioning unit was found on a bus seat, still in its large box.

Sampson was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft.