Police beat

Angered by car horn, man tails woman to Clintonville

Columbus police officers stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Indianola Avenue and East North Broadway at 2:11 p.m. Jan. 30 after an Olentangy River Road woman said the driver had followed her all the way from Easton after she blew her horn at him 45 minutes earlier. The other driver, who was not identified in the report, was found to have 16 rounds of ammunition in his front pocket, but no firearm.

"The suspect at first denied any involvement in following ... and then admitted that he was angry because she blew her horn at him," reports said.

The woman declined to press charges. The reporting officer said he had doubts about the man's mental competence to possess a firearm and planned to report his behavior to law enforcement officials in Fairfield County, where his concealed weapons permit was issued.

A warrant for aggravated menacing was issued after an east Columbus woman contacted police from the 2800 block of North High Street at 5:08 p.m. Jan. 30 to say she had received numerous threatening text messages that day "warning the victim that he is going to blow her head off," according to police reports.

"The victim was visibly shaken and convinced the suspect will do what he has threatened," reports said. "The victim stated the suspect has a gun."

A Brevoort Road home was broken into between 9 and 9:45 p.m. Jan. 28 and 20 rifles, together valued at $7,100, were stolen. The owner of the weapons said his wife was home at the time of the crime, but she assumed he was the cause of the noise she heard in the basement. The victim added the burglar appeared to know where the rifles were kept, because only one interior door was kicked in. A video-game console worth $200 also was stolen.

A $700 television set and costume jewelry worth $1 were reported stolen in a burglary on East Longview Avenue at 6:06 p.m. Feb. 1. The victim said the break-in, during which a door and door frame sustained $100 in damages, took place between 8:40 a.m. and 5:10 p.m.

An East Weisheimer Road resident reported at 2:54 p.m. Jan. 30 that her home had been broken into. The crime took place between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. that day. The victim said three laptop computers, together worth $3,000, were stolen along with $60 in coins.