‘Person of interest’ in 8th Street murder pleads not guilty to car theft

COLUMBUS, Ga — A man Columbus police consider a “person of interest” in his step-grandmother’s murder appears in court Thursday morning.

Police say 42-year-old Angelo Short is charged with theft of an automobile by taking and obstruction in connection to 83-year-old Peggy Gamble’s death. He is not charged with murder, but police name him as a “person of interest” in the investigation.

Police have said Gamble’s car was stolen after she was murdered in her 8th Street home Monday afternoon.

News 3’s court reporter says investigators testified blood and DNA evidence was lifted from the vehicle by investigators,and the car is still being processed. Witnesses also say testify they saw Short abandon the vehicle on 10th Street.

Investigators said that on Tuesday morning, they were called out the Piggly Wiggly on Brown Avenue regarding an aggravated assault and robbery. Authorities told the court that a man went into the store and asked for a carton of cigarettes. The cashier went to retrieve the cigarettes and came back to the register. Investigators said that the cashier felt the man was acting funny as if he was going to steal them, so she held onto them. The man grabbed the cigarettes from her hand and punched her in the face near her left eye.

The husband of a witness watched the surveillance video and identified the man as “DeAngelo.” The man said that he had known him for more than 20 years. He then identified him in photographs.

Later that night, police received calls that Short was seen in the Coolidge Avenue area, adding that they knew short to be staying in an abandoned apartment. Soon after, police created a perimeter and saw short running in the woodline where he was soon after found in an abandoned apartment on Lawyers Lane.

Investigators said that Short told them to kill him, and before he was taken in, he lit up a crack pipe and had to be tased.

While at the Columbus Police Department, Short admitted to stealing the cigarettes and striking the cashier.

He is currently being held without bond on the aggravated assault charge, but has a $50,000 bond on both the robbery and theft by taking of a motor vehicle.



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