Police beat

Clintonville: Can of orange soda 'rewards' driver's good deed

A woman who stopped her car to let an older man use the crosswalk in the 2800 block of North High Street at 5 p.m. Aug. 13 said her actions apparently enraged another motorist.

The East Schreyer Place resident said the other driver pulled through the crosswalk and, moments later, when both vehicles were stopped at a red light, threw a can of orange soda at the passenger-side door of the woman's car.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A Mehran Drive resident said he was beaten and robbed in the 5300 block of North High Street at 10 p.m. Aug. 9. The man was treated at Riverside Methodist Hospital and did not report the incident until at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 due to the severity of the beating, police said.

* A West Brighton Road garage being used to store a food cart was broken into between Aug. 8-12. The victims, a Worthington man and a Columbus resident, said their food cart sustained $12,000 in damage, with pieces strewn about in the garage. In addition, three bicycles valued at $850 were stolen.

* A work truck from an Easton firm was broken into while it was parked in front of an employee's Midgard Road home between 12:01 and 7 a.m. Aug. 13. Surveying equipment worth $55,000 was taken after the truck cab's lock was punched out, reports said.

* A North High Street woman contacted police at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 to report someone had stolen her identity in order to use her church-issued credit card. The woman said the identity theft occurred Aug. 2 or 3.

* A Canal Winchester man told officers he was threatened over a labor issue at his place of work on Indianola Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 16. He said a co-worker initially made derogatory comments toward him, but then escalated in threats while saying, "This is not over. Unions stick together, not rat on each other." Other witnesses at the address were uncooperative, according to the report.

* The rear door of a business in the 3500 block of North High Street was pried open between 9 p.m. Aug. 15 and 7 a.m. Aug. 16, and assorted bills and change valued at $591.82 were reported missing. Damage to the door was estimated at $500.

* Officers responding to a burglary alarm at a business in the 4100 block of North High Street at 11:09 p.m. Aug. 11 found the rear door had been forced open, according to reports. When the owner and an employee with a key arrived, they said nothing appeared to have been stolen, although files and drawers had been rifled through. Damage to the door was estimated at $100.

* A rainstorm kept a Gahanna man in an Indianola Avenue business for a half-hour Aug. 8, but the weather didn't stop a thief from breaking into his vehicle in the parking lot and making off with company-owned computer equipment and other items valued at more than $2,000, reports said. The victim said he stayed in the store from 5 to 5:30 p.m., at which time the rain let up and he discovered the theft.