Clintonville: Trouble befalls those who park in Olentangy Street spot
A parking spot on Olentangy Street seems to bring bad luck to whoever uses it.
A woman told Columbus police officers her car's window was broken and the vehicle's contents rifled through between 3 and 9:45 a.m. Sept. 14 while it was parked in the spot. Nothing of value was in the vehicle, she said. She also told officers the car, parked in the exact same spot, had its two front tires slashed a month ago.
The victim also said another car parked in that spot recently had been broken into and a couple of dollars were stolen.
* Also on Olentangy Street, a rock was used to smash the glass on the front door of a home at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Once entry was gained, a $1,000 television and $300 laptop computer were stolen, according to the victim, who filed the report at 4:30 p.m. that day.
Two other Olentangy Street apartments also were broken into in the same way at around the same time. In one of the cases, reported at 7 p.m., someone entered a home between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and removed electronics and jewelry valued at more than $2,000. The other crime took place between 11:15 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Sept. 16. The victim in that case reported a $400 bicycle, a $200 electronic reader and $450 in cash had been stolen.
In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:
* A West Longview Avenue man said he was attacked by two unknown females at his residence at 7 p.m. Sept. 22. The man filed the complaint about three hours after the alleged incident.
* An East Tulane Road resident said his unattached garage was broken into between 6 p.m. Sept. 20 and 6:45 a.m. the following day. Entry to the garage was made by breaking a window, causing $200 in damage, the man said. The burglar or burglars made off with an air compressor, an outboard boat motor and tools, together valued at $2,200.
* The owner of a business in the 3100 block of North High Street told officers the manager of the store had taken money from customers and kept the cash himself dating from Aug. 20 to Sept. 17. The owner said the amount embezzled in this fashion was $1,200.
* A $700 bicycle was stolen by someone who broke the hinge on the garage of an Acton Road home between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 8 a.m. the next day.
* A Linwood Avenue man told officers someone has been giving out his phone number when conducting an online job search and in opening an account at a credit union in the 4300 block of North High Street.
The man said telephone calls telling him the job he was looking into was his if he wanted it, when he has never done an online search, initially alerted him that someone was using his telephone number. A call from the manager of the credit union thanking him for opening an account prompted the man to file the report in order to "be proactive in my attempt to protect my identity. After this report, I am taking the proper precautions to prevent any further use of my number and to protect my identity."
* A $600 gold ring and $220 in cash were reported stolen from an East Kanawha Avenue home by someone who came in through an unlocked window between 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Sept. 17.