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Clintonville: Man returns to apartment, finds burglar inside

Two watches, together worth $1,600, along with $20 worth of golf balls were stolen in a burglary in the 3700 block of North High Street that was reported at 4:10 p.m. Aug. 19 after one of the residents reportedly found the suspect in his apartment. The victim told Columbus police he had observed the suspect walk into the apartment building, but it was not until he walked into his residence that he discovered the man was intent on breaking and entering. The nearby apartment of a woman also was burglarized, reports said; damage to each of the doors was estimated at $200.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* A Kensington Place East man and a girl complained to police at 11:27 a.m. Aug. 23 that someone had entered their residence and "tampered with" their property. The burglary took place between noon Aug. 21 and 11:20 a.m. the day of the report, the victims said.

* A Broadmeadows Boulevard man said his son-in-law tried to assault him at 10:16 a.m. Aug. 22 by chasing him around his vehicle and throwing a frying pan at him. It missed. A witness confirmed this, according to reports, but the son-in-law denied doing any such thing. The victim was referred to the prosecutor's office.

* An employee of a business in the 3200 block of North High Street said someone tried to use a fake $20 bill at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 21. When confronted about the counterfeit money, the suspect ran out of the store, according to reports.

* A man was given a trespassing warning and told to stay away from a business in the 2600 block of North High Street at 12:58 p.m. Aug. 19. The manager of the store said the suspect "continues to cause problems in his store when asked for his identification while attempting to purchase tobacco products." An officer tracked the man down near Arcadia Avenue, where he once again allegedly refused to provide identification and "became belligerent," according to reports.

* Officers arrested a 22-year-old homeless man following a brief struggle at 5:49 p.m. Aug. 23 in the 3200 block of North High Street. The man allegedly had stolen an $80 bicycle.

* A West Cooke Road woman filed a report at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 21 saying someone had stolen her credit card at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 19 and subsequently used it to make unauthorized purchases.