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Clintonville: Power tools worth $3,000 disappear from work site

A man working at a new business under construction on Indianola Avenue reported at 6:19 p.m. April 5 that $3,000 worth of power tools had been stolen earlier in the week.

He told Columbus police the person who stole the items had contacted him beforehand, saying he had left some clothing at the worksite and that he was going to retrieve it. However, along with the clothing, the suspect and another man also departed with the miscellaneous power tools, reports said.

The theft took place around 11 a.m. April 1.

The victim said he has tried calling the man he believes stole the tools, but has been hung up on several times.

Other recent Clintonville-area police reports include:

* Jewelry and camera equipment worth a combined $4,000 were reported stolen during the burglary of a Sharon Avenue home between 8 a.m. and noon April 5. The victim said a $50 Green Bay Packers ring was among the items of jewelry stolen. Damage to a door frame and window was estimated at $550.

* A maintenance worker at Graceland Shopping Center flagged down an officer at 7:29 p.m. April 4 to report someone had shot holes in an overhead garage door at the site. The vandalism took place between 5 a.m. March 22 and 5 a.m. March 24, according to reports. Damage was set at $3,500.

* Copper wire valued at $6,800 was reported missing from a North High Street business at 5:40 p.m. April 3. The owner stated the wire had been removed after 6 a.m. Feb. 1.

* A $1,200 laptop computer was reported stolen from a North High Street office building between 2 and 4 p.m. April 2. The owner, in a report filed April 5, said the building is open during normal business hours and that someone had entered and removed the computer, leaving its power cord behind as well as other personal items belonging to the Olentangy Street resident.

* Two residents of West Weisheimer Road and one each from Sheffield Road and Rustic Place contacted police April 1 to report the tires on their vehicles had been slashed days earlier. The vandalism took place between 12:01 and 6 a.m. March 25, according to the four reports.

In addition, a South Ohio Avenue resident reported the tire of his car was stabbed with a knife while the vehicle was parked March 27 near the intersection of Indianola and Clinton Heights avenues.

* A West Kenworth Road home was broken into between 9 and 11 a.m. April 3. The resident said a $1,400 laptop computer and a television valued at $700 had been removed.

* A Graceland Boulevard business was broken into April 1. The person who discovered the crime April 2 said the break-in, through a rear door of the store, took place around 11:30 p.m. the previous day. A floor safe valued at $500 and $400 in cash were stolen, according to reports.