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Clintonville: Stolen car taken for short, destructive joy ride

A Chase Road woman contacted Columbus police at 9:43 a.m. July 13 to say that someone stole her vehicle, worth $25,000, from her front yard the night before; hit another vehicle, causing major damage to the victim's car; then parked it a few doors down from her home. The victim said the theft took place after 11:30 p.m. July 12.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

• A vehicle parked on Midgard Road was broken into between midnight and 6 a.m. July 4, according to a report filed 10 days later. The vehicle's owner said a laptop computer valued at $1,199 had been stolen, along with a $250 briefcase, a $399 MP3 player, headphones worth $170 and a $100 notebook computer.

• Two Sinclair Road residents -- a 36-year-old woman and 35-year-old man -- were charged with disorderly conduct at 3 a.m. July 19 at a business in the 4900 block of North High Street.

• An Olentangy Boulevard woman contacted police at 2:30 p.m. July 14 to say that someone posing as her brother had ordered steaks worth $84.99 on July 1. She said she was shocked when the invoice arrived in the mail July 5.

"I did not place this order and called the company that evening," the victim said. "After speaking with Stephanie from customer service, she was able to tell me from notes attached to the order that a man called stating that he was my brother and that I had given him permission to use my credit card to place an order."

• The owner of a business in the 3400 block of North High Street said she observed an individual apply yellow paint to the back door and wall of her business at 1:10 p.m. July 18. She estimated damage from the vandalism at $100.

• A Glenmont Avenue woman reported at 9:45 a.m. July 16 that she paid a man $3,600 for roof repairs Aug. 1, 2013, that were never completed. The victim said she had been advised by the attorney general's office to file a police report.

• A Broad Meadows Boulevard woman said she was told someone was using a shovel to smash the windshield of her car, which was parked in the private driveway of an area apartment complex at 1:14 p.m. July 15. The victim said damage to the windshield and driver's-side window was estimated at $700.

• A woman told officers her Morse Road apartment was broken into at 2:07 a.m. July 13. An antique coverlet worth $1,100 and an antique book valued at $100 were stolen, along with a $2 ashtray, a $5 robe and nightgown set and some records, the victim said.