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Clintonville: Man wields note, leaves local bank with cash

The Cooper State Bank branch at 3245 N. High St. was robbed at 3:44 p.m. July 23 by a man who reportedly passed a note to a teller and threatened to shoot her.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the man left. According to Columbus police reports, a witness observed the suspect get into a car that was parked in an alley behind the bank. The witness could not describe the driver but said a dye pack had exploded.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A Hilliard man said he was assaulted at 8:25 p.m. July 24 in the 5000 block of North High Street. The victim had a minor nose injury but refused medical attention, reports said.

* The tailgate of a pickup truck was reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. July 25 in the 100 block of Oakland Park Avenue. The victim, who estimated his loss at $1,000, said the theft took place between 11 p.m. July 24 and 8 a.m. the day of the report.

* An East Weisheimer Road woman filed a police report at 10:12 a.m. July 21 regarding a July 3 incident in which someone posing as her grandson attempted to convince her to buy three $500 gift cards from a pharmacy for him. The woman said her phone rang at 11 a.m. and a male voice said, "Hi, grandma." She responded with the name of her only grandson.

"The caller then went on to say that he needed money and not to tell anyone about it," the report stated. "She was told to go to a CVS Pharmacy and get three $500 gift cards. As she was getting ready to go to the pharmacy, her son ... unexpectedly came home."

* A West Lakeview Avenue man reported at 9:40 a.m. July 22 that his driver's license, a debit card and a credit card were stolen from his home. The thief, who took the items at 2:30 a.m. July 21, subsequently used the cards to make purchases at several convenience stores, including two on Cleveland Avenue, according to the victim.

* A Galloway woman said she met a friend for dinner at a North High Street restaurant at 6:10 p.m. July 21 and found her car had been broken into when she returned at 8:55 p.m. A $1,000 laptop computer belonging to her employer was taken, the woman said, along with a pager, a textbook and a handbag.

* An East Beechwold Boulevard woman said her son's medication was stolen from her car between midnight and 6 a.m. July 22. The medicine is valued at $8. A backpack and some clothing also were taken from the vehicle, reports said.