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Clintonville: Potential burglar caught in the act

A resident of a Sunset Drive apartment said she walked into her bedroom at 7:15 a.m. March 20 to confront a person who had just pried open a window.

The victim said the would-be burglar fled immediately without taking anything. An evidence technician from the Columbus Division of Police was sent to the scene, according to reports, but was unable to recover usable fingerprints.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A West Dunedin Road resident contacted police at noon March 20 to report his home had been burglarized. The breaking and entering took place between 10:40 and 11:50 a.m. that day, the man told police. He said a $1,000 laptop computer, a $500 tablet computer and $100 in cash had been stolen, and that a door and door frame sustained $2,000 in damage.

* An Indianola Avenue woman said she heard a large crash at her back-door window at 12:15 a.m. March 21. When she looked out, the woman later told police, she saw a man running through the backyard. The woman said she later observed the same individual riding a bicycle near her residence. The report stated that a suspect was apprehended and the victim identified him, but the individual arrested was not listed. Damage was estimated at $200.

* A Glenmawr Avenue residence was broken into between 8:30 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. March 20, reports said. The homeowner said she discovered someone had forced open her front door and stolen $650 worth of jewelry and a laptop computer valued at $1,000.

* Someone kicked in the front door of a Midgard Road home between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 17, according to reports. The victim said $200 in cash, $1,720 worth of computers, $1,000 worth of jewelry and a video-game console worth $130 had been stolen.

* An SUV valued at $5,000 was reported stolen at 3:33 p.m. March 18 after the owner left it parked near the intersection of Olentangy and North High streets. The victim, a Charleston Avenue resident, said the vehicle was taken between 5 p.m. March 17 and 9 a.m. March 18.