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Woman promised $4 million loses $30,000 to scam

A Deland Avenue woman contacted Columbus police at 1:48 p.m. Nov. 20 at the urging of workers at her bank after she fell victim to a scam.

The woman said she received a call in April advising her she had won a sweepstakes worth $4 million. She has since sent money via wire transfer and cash to the alleged sweepstakes sponsors in the amount of $30,000, according to reports.

A woman from the Northland area reported being assaulted at 12:21 a.m. Nov. 21 in the 3000 block of Neil Avenue. The victim said she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend. According to police reports, the ex-boyfriend was found walking in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store with the victim's brother. He was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

A report was filed with police at 10:57 a.m. Nov. 15 regarding property vandalism in the 4300 block of North High Street.

The reporting party said power and water lines to the property had been cut sometime after 9 a.m. Oct. 31. Damage was estimated at $4,500.

A robbery was reported at United Dairy Farmers, 3388 Indianola Ave., at 4:14 a.m. Nov. 14. An employee told officers the crime was committed by a man who implied he had a weapon.

A report was filed at 11:59 a.m. Nov. 25 regarding the theft eight days earlier of a bicycle from the front yard of a Webster Park Avenue home. The bike is valued at $1,300, reports said.

A man flagged down police officers Nov. 24 near the intersection of North High Street and Weber Road to report he had been assaulted by several people he didn't know at 7 p.m. that day. The victim, a North High Street resident, required stitches to close cuts above his eye and on his chin, reports said.

A burglary was reported Nov. 24 at a Broadmeadows Boulevard apartment. The report was filed at 1:39 a.m. Nov. 25. The victim said he had been robbed of two television sets and a laptop computer, together worth $3,800.

A Fairoaks Drive resident filed a report at 12:37 a.m. Nov. 22 regarding paintballs that had been fired at his home at 10:45 p.m. the previous day. One of the projectiles left a dent in the siding, the victim said, with damage estimated at $50.

An East Como Avenue resident said he was at work on Oakland Park Avenue at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 20 when the man who now lives with his wife showed up and made threats. According to reports, the victim said the man shouted, "I'm gonna shoot you. If I catch you in the hood, I'm gonna shoot you," while displaying what appeared to be the butt of a pistol sticking out of his jeans.

A Mimring Road man was taken into custody at his residence and charged with disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:05 a.m. Nov. 20.

Copper downspouts valued at $250 were reported stolen from a Morse Road church at 4:04 p.m. Nov. 19. The person who reported the theft said it occurred sometime Oct. 25.

Graffiti was report on the back of a Morse Road church at 8:36 a.m. Nov. 15. The vandalism was discovered the morning of Nov. 11, according to reports.

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