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Computers, MP3 player stolen; empty left behind

A man and woman living on Oakland Park Avenue reported someone entered their apartment through an unlocked door and stole items valued at nearly $4,000. The victims said the burglar stole a $2,500 laptop computer and another laptop worth $1,300, along with an MP3 player and docking station. The thief also left behind an empty can of alcohol, according to reports.

In other recent Columbus police reports:

* A wallet that was left by mistake in a vehicle parked at North High Street and East Longview Avenue was stolen between Oct. 15 and 17. Subsequently, the victim of the crime, a Rickenbacker Avenue resident, said his debit card was used to pay for $150 worth of items, while a business credit card that also was in the wallet incurred $1,500 in charges at a lighting business.

* An employee of a North High Street business reported receiving what she perceived to be a threat by someone who called to speak with the human resources manager at 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

The woman said when she told the caller he could not speak with that individual, he became irate and threatened to show up during business hours.

* A scroll saw valued at $200 was stolen during the burglary of a Melrose Avenue garage, reported by the property owner at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. The victim told Columbus police the unattached garage was broken into between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. the previous day through an unlocked side door.

* A ruby ring worth $2,000 and a gold bracelet valued at $200 were stolen during a break-in on Blenheim Road, reported at 8 a.m. Oct. 24. The victim said the crime took place between Oct. 21 and 24.

* A Worthington woman who owns a business on North High Street reported her vehicles, parked near the establishment, were vandalized by someone using shot glasses from a nearby bar at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The reporting officer spoke with a bar employee, who said he threw a customer out shortly before the woman's automobiles sustained a combined $900 in damages.