Police beat

Clintonville: Electronics, books swiped from car

Three individuals reported the car they share was broken into between 12:15 and 12:45 p.m. June 26 while it was parked in the 2800 block of North High Street.

Damage to the rear window on the passenger side was estimated at $300. The victims said two backpacks, valued at $200 each, a $1,200 laptop computer, a $200 graphing calculator, a $600 tablet computer with case, and textbooks valued at $200 were taken.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A manager at McDonald's, 3095 N. High St., accused an employee of embezzling $1,695 last week. In a report filed at 12:29 p.m. June 25, the manager said the theft took place at 3:50 a.m. that day.

* A Morse Road resident contacted police at 10:12 p.m. June 30 to report his home had been burglarized. The break-in occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. that day, according to reports. The burglar made off with a $650 television and a videogame console valued at $150. Damage to the door frame was estimated at $200.

* Three metal sewer grates valued at $450 were reported stolen from the parking lot of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 35 E. Stanton Ave. The report was filed at 1:54 p.m. June 25. The grates were taken between 6 p.m. June 18 and 7:30 a.m. June 21, reports said.

* An East Beaumont Road resident reported being the victim of theft while visiting China. He filed the report with police at 2:36 p.m. June 25 regarding an incident that took place the morning of June 19.

The man said he was walking back to his hotel from the Forbidden City in Beijing when a woman approached him and said that she, too, was a tourist. After they had walked together for a few blocks, the man said she suggested they stop for tea, and it was there that he was presented with a dramatically inflated bill.

He said he managed to argue for having the charge cut in half and put the amount on his credit card, but a friend from China said this was a common scam and he should cancel the credit card.