Police beat

Car stolen, recovered behind owner's back

Tuesday December 17, 2013 12:43 PM

An Indianola Avenue man didn't know his car had been stolen until a police officer contacted him at 2:18 a.m. Dec. 13 to advise him the person who had stolen it was under arrest, Columbus police reports said.

The victim said he had parked his $2,000 Mazda outside his apartment building at 9:20 p.m. Dec. 12. About five hours later, an officer informed him a 26-year-old man had been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property after being caught with the Mazda, reports said.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A Milford Avenue man told officers someone broke into his residence while he was sleeping at 12:52 p.m. Dec. 15. The burglar stole a $200 cellphone, a driver's license and several credit and debit cards, the victim said.

* A Sunset Drive home was burglarized between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The victims lost a notebook computer, a tablet computer and a television, together worth $1,650.

* A Powell resident told police someone broke into his vacant property on East Como Avenue and stole copper plumbing worth $500. The break-in, which was reported at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, took place between 11 a.m. Dec. 3 and 2:15 p.m. Dec. 8, according to the homeowner.

* A $40 bottle of gin was all that was taken in a burglary on Arden Road, reported at 2:20 p.m. Dec. 14. The break-in, which caused $100 in damage, took place after 6 p.m. Dec. 13, reports said.

* A $500 tablet computer, $225 in cash and $74 worth of stamps were stolen from a vehicle while it was parked in the 4200 block of North High Street between 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. Dec. 5. A Florida concealed-carry permit and the vehicle's registration also were stolen, the Wyandotte Road resident said.

* An official with the sheriff's office in Maricopa County, Ariz., faxed a report to Columbus police after a husband and wife, former Northridge Road residents, reported that 40 checks had been stolen from them without their knowledge prior to relocating in mid-September. The wife indicated they realized the checks had been stolen only after hearing from a collection agency. The report was sent at 9:55 a.m. Dec. 11.

* Weir-Arend Funeral Home, 4221 N. High St., was vandalized between Nov. 27 and 29, according to a report filed at 9:35 a.m. Dec. 3. Racist graffiti was scrawled on the outside walls between two of the funeral home's buildings, reports said.

* The front door of a Westwood Road home was kicked in between 10:20 a.m. and noon Dec. 9, and the burglar proceeded to steal two handguns worth $500 each, ammunition worth $40, a laptop computer valued at $1,500 and a $100 dresser, reports said.