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Cigarettes, chips stolen in service station burglary

Columbus police report a service station on Indianola Avenue was broken into at 10:56 p.m. Nov. 10.

The owner reported $1,000 worth of cigarettes and $100 worth of potato chips were stolen. Damage to a broken window was estimated at $800.

In other recent Columbus Division of Police incident reports:

* A former employee of a store in the Graceland Shopping Center reportedly became angry when picking up his last paycheck at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 and punched one of the managers in the face.

* A Walhalla Road resident reported a $500 computer was stolen from her home Oct. 25. She suspects a man who frequently comes around her home, demanding money to wash her windows and for help paying his rent, reports said.

* The front door of an Erie Road residence was forced open at 2:39 p.m. Oct. 25, but the intruder was frightened away by an alarm. Nothing was reported missing. A resident told police attempts also were made to force open sliding glass doors at the residence.

* A Broad Meadows Boulevard resident told police an irate father came to his residence at 5:40 p.m. Nov. 7, demanding to know where his daughter was and attempting to force his way inside. The resident said he shoved the man outside and closed the door before contacting officers. The father filed his own police report over the incident, claiming the resident refused to let him see his 16-year-old daughter and made threats.

* A man found sleeping on the floor of a convenience store in the 5700 block of North High Street at 10:25 p.m. Nov. 6 admitted to having injected himself with heroin, after officers responding to the scene found his syringe, reports said.

* An Indianola Avenue woman reported a political sign in her yard was set on fire at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3, and that arson in turn set her grass on fire. The 62-year-old victim estimated damage to the sign at $1.