Columbus man arrested on drug and trespassing charges

Robert J Norton, III; photo courtesy of Columbus Police Dept.

Columbus police officers arrested a local man for trespassing and drug possession after he was observed inside an east side Columbus store early Tuesday morning. Lt. Matt Harris, department spokesman, says that at approximately 2:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to Walmart in regards to a suspect who had been previously trespassed and was inside the store. Police found the suspect, 35-year-old Robert J. Norton, III, of Columbus and confirmed that a trespass warning was still valid. Norton was placed under arrest and while searching his clothing, officers allegedly found a crystal rock substance inside a pack of cigarettes that tested positive as methamphetamine.

Norton was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of Trespassing and Possession of Methamphetamine.