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Clintonville: Two Clintonville residents lose cars to thieves

An Olentangy Street man told Columbus police his $15,000 vehicle was stolen from the alley behind his home between 11 p.m. July 30 and 6 a.m. July 31.

A vehicle valued at $2,000 was stolen from the 3300 block of Indianola Avenue at 1:20 a.m. Aug. 2, according to the owner, a resident of Dierker Road.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A man said his apartment in the 5300 block of North High Street was broken into between 11 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. July 28. He said his front door was ajar when he came home, with fresh pry marks on the door frame. Two televisions, one worth $400 and the other valued at $2,009, had been taken along with a $60 DVD player, according to reports.

* A Sheffield Road woman called police at 11 a.m. July 27 to say she and her family were in Kansas but that neighbors informed them officers had been to their home regarding four 911 hang-up calls that originated from there.

"No one is there to make these phone calls," the victim said in the report. "The only phone in the house is a traditional corded low-tech phone. We are concerned about the prospect of future abuses of our home phone number. We would appreciate specific advice from the police as to whether we should disconnect our home phone service."

* An Abshire Court resident said someone cut the transmission line to his vehicle between 2 and 8 p.m. July 31 while it was parked on East Dunedin Road.

* Two Blenheim Road men said their vehicle was broken into between 1:30 and 2 p.m. July 30. One of several credit cards contained in a $40 wallet that was taken was used at a nearby gas station, one victim said. The wallet contained $100 in cash and several gift cards. Damage to the vehicle's door was estimated at $500. One of the victims found a knife that might have been left behind by the suspect, according to reports.

* A $4,000 air-conditioning unit was found to have been stolen from a business in the 3600 block of Indianola Avenue at 6 a.m. July 30. The theft took place after 6:30 p.m. the previous day, reports said.

* A girl reported two purses were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3900 block of North High Street at 9:01 p.m. July 28.