Police beat

Would-be robber flees after locking eyes with resident

An East Longview Avenue resident told Columbus police he heard the sound of glass breaking at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28 and saw a man breaking into his home, but said when the would-be robber made eye contact with him, he fled.

Damage to the man's back door was estimated at $200.

An Indianola Avenue business was broken into at 4:33 a.m. Dec. 2, according to reports. Damage to a door to gain entry to the establishment was estimated at $1,500.

Once inside, the culprits caused $2,000 in damage to a coin machine and made off with $70 in quarters, reports said.

A Westwood Road home that is not occupied but is used for storage by a business owner was broken into between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. The owner said nothing appeared to be missing from the residence, but a $300 compressor had been taken from the garage.

Reports were filed at 8:32 p.m. Nov. 30 regarding a break-in at a North High Street business that took place 11 days earlier. The three individuals filing the reports all said a laptop computer, tattoo materials and a digital camera -- with a reported value of $1 each -- had been taken, along with a $200 cellphone.

Tools valued at $1,679 were reported stolen from a landscaping company's vehicle on Kelso Road at 1:37 p.m. Nov. 30. The victim said the vehicle was broken into between 3 and 10 a.m. Nov. 25.

An East Dunedin Road resident filed a report stating his home had been hit with five shots from a paintball gun at 9 p.m. Nov. 20. The man said two of the shots punched holes in the siding. He told police it appears his home was singled out and there appears to be no other damage in the neighborhood.

Although she did not wish to file charges, an employee of a school on Indianola Avenue filed a report at 11 a.m. Nov. 27 stating a female student, upon being asked to leave for "not following the program," became combative. The woman said the student punched her twice in the arm with a closed fist and stated, "You're going to get shot," as she was leaving with her mother.

A man who saw a car broken into on Indianola Avenue and a purse stolen from inside pursued the thief and his getaway driver at 5:20 p.m. Nov. 26 but lost them near the Park of Roses, according to reports. The victim of the crime, a Garden Road woman, said her purse was worth $40 and contained a $400 cellphone. The witness said he recorded a license plate number and believes he can identify at least one of the suspects.