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Clintonville: Bank catches attempted defrauding of local man

A Summit Street man narrowly escaped being the victim of fraud by someone who had stolen at least part of his identity, Columbus police reports said.

The man filed a report at 4:36 p.m. June 20 regarding an incident that took place a week earlier. He said he was contacted by an official with his bank after someone had called asking that another name be placed on the would-be victim's credit card account and an additional card be mailed to an address in Craig, Colo.

The caller knew some of the victim's personal information, including his credit card number and his mother's maiden name, but not enough to prevent bank officials from becoming suspicious, according to reports.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* An antique barber pole was reported stolen from California Concept Cuts, 590 Oakland Park Ave., Suite B June 20. The person filing the report said the collectible fixture, valued at $700, was removed June 18.

* A purse containing work papers and a laptop computer was reported stolen from a West Kenworth Road woman's vehicle at 8:58 a.m. June 20. The victim said someone broke her vehicle's window between 1:30 a.m. June 11 and 2 a.m. June 12. The computer is valued at $1,500 and the purse is worth $400, the victim said.

* Two packs of cigarettes, a bag of chips and an unheated cheeseburger were swiped off the counter of a North High Street convenience store at 11:59 p.m. June 19, according to reports. Together, the items are worth about $20.

* A 22-year-old homeless woman was arrested for trespassing at 4 p.m. June 18 in the 400 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard.

* A 21-year-old Wetmore Road resident was arrested on a charge of assaulting another 21-year-old resident of the same address at 12:37 a.m. June 17. Witnesses told officers dispatched to the scene on a report of a disturbance that one man had physically attacked the other.