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Clintonville: House burglarized during owner's overseas trip

Neighbors keeping an eye on an East Como Avenue home for the owner while she was in Scotland discovered the back door had been kicked in May 2.

A burglary report was filed 11:13 a.m. May 8 with Columbus police when the homeowner returned from vacation. The next-door neighbors checked on her property April 27 but not again until discovering the open gate and kicked-in door at 8 p.m. May 2, reports said.

The victim said damage to the back door, which had a large, black footprint on it, was around $500. A DVD player worth $150, a $500 laptop computer and jewelry valued at $1,000 were taken, according to reports.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A baseball-card collection valued at $2,500 was among items reported stolen in a burglary on West Kenworth Road that was reported at 6:21 p.m. May 10. The victims, a man and a woman, said the break-in took place between 7 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. that day. In addition to the baseball cards, the two said they were missing a $700 laptop computer, a $550 camera, a $600 TV, $450 worth of DVDs and two video-game consoles valued at $490.

* An East Lakeview Avenue woman filed a police report at 1:38 p.m. May 7 to say her vehicle had been broken into between 12:01 and 6 a.m. April 30. She said a sound system valued at $1,000, a $200 purse and a pair of sunglasses worth $100 had been stolen. Damage to the window of the vehicle was estimated at $500.

* A North Wall Street resident reported at 10:58 a.m. May 6 that her home had been broken into sometime during the last 10 days, according to the officer who responded. The officer stated there was no sign of forced entry and that the victim named a neighbor, who knows where she keeps a spare key, as a possible suspect. The woman said $1,000 worth of jewelry was missing, along with a $50 cordless phone and an antique photo valued at $100.

* Two intoxicated homeless men were charged with public indecency and having an open container of alcohol after a supervisor for COTA asked them to leave a bus stop in the 2500 block of North High Street at 12:22 p.m. May 5, reports said. The men walked a short distance away before urinating on the sidewalk behind the bus stop, according to reports. They were cited and released, according to the report.

* A teenage boy said he was punched in the face twice by another youth at 7 p.m. May 7 following a baseball game at Bishop Watterson High School, 99 E. Cooke Road. The victim filed the report May 9.

* A road bike worth $900 was reported stolen from a West Schreyer Place garage at 4:27 p.m. May 7. The victim said he last rode the bike April 23. About $5 in spare change was taken from a vehicle parked inside the garage, reports said.