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Clintonville: Man threatens to stab customers at mini-mart

A man threatened to stab customers in a Clintonville convenience store at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 25 if the clerk didn't give him money from the register, according to Columbus police reports.

Instead, the employee of Turkey Hill Mini Market, 2685 N. High St., dialed 911 after the man reportedly said, "Give me the money or I'll start stabbing customers."

The employee said the man approached her in a threatening manner while she was on the phone, but then fled the store.

Another Clintonville store was robbed about an hour later.

CVS Pharmacy, 5445 N. High St., was robbed at 8:40 a.m. Jan. 25 by a man who initially asked for change for a $5 bill. The clerk said when the cash register was opened to provide the change, the man said, "Give me everything or I will hurt you," grabbed cash from the drawer and left.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* An Olentangy Street man contacted police at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 to report that his home had been burglarized. The crime took place between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. that day, he said. Two laptop computers, each worth $1,000; a $100 DVD player; $100 worth of stereo equipment; and a $30 personal digital assistant were taken, reports said.

* A purse containing $700 in cash, $205 worth of gift cards and prescription medicine valued at $100 was stolen during a break-in at a residence in the 2800 block of North High Street. The victim said the burglary happened between 9 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. that day.

* A vehicle was broken into at Whetstone Park between 2 and 2:45 p.m. Jan. 10 and the owner's purse was stolen from the front seat, reports said. The victim, who reported the crime at 3:05 p.m. the following day, said the $100 purse contained sunglasses valued at $130 and a $50 cellphone.

* Four specialty handguns, each valued at $1,500, were reported missing in the burglary of a Blenheim Road home that was reported at 4:51 p.m. Jan. 20. The homeowner said someone entered through a rear window between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day.

* Someone attempted to steal the furnace from a vacant home in the 500 block of Morse Road. The listing agent discovered the break-in and reported it at 8:52 a.m. Jan. 23, but said the would-be thief had tried but failed to remove the furnace between 8 a.m. Jan. 8 and 8 a.m. the day of the report. Damage was estimated at $1,700, police said.