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Suspicion surrounds vehicle pulled from Alum Creek

Sheriff's reports

An empty vehicle pulled last week from Alum Creek Reservoir by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office had been reported stolen, but deputies said the circumstances surrounding the vehicle are suspicious.

State park rangers notified the sheriff's department of the vehicle, which was seen to be mostly submerged in the lake about 30 feet from shore at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 15 near the 2000 block of Africa Road, according to reports.

After fire department divers found it was empty, a towing company pulled it from the water around 10:30 a.m.

A registration check found it belonged to a Colorado man who had been visiting Ohio to check on several rental properties he owned. At about 6:20 a.m. Oct. 15, he contacted Columbus police to report the vehicle stolen, reports said.

Officers then discovered the man had been arrested in Columbus sometime the night before for possession of cocaine, according to reports.

The Columbus police officer who took the initial stolen-vehicle report said the man's "behavior was suspicious and he didn't seem upset about the vehicle allegedly being stolen," reports said.

The vehicle was towed to a secure location and the man's wife was notified of its condition, according to reports.

Jewelry worth $2,000 was stolen sometime between March 1 and Sept. 23 from a residence in the 1800 block of Alexander Road in Galena, reports said.

An unknown suspect entered the residence and took a diamond engagement ring, a gold ring, a gold necklace and gold earrings, according to reports.

Jewelry worth $1,590 was stolen between 4:14 and 6:11 p.m. Oct. 1 from a residence in the 8600 block of Concord Road, sheriff's reports said.

The stolen property includes a watch, a pearl necklace, a brooch and a wedding band, according to reports.


Camera equipment worth $1,850 was stolen between Oct. 1-14 from a residence in the 200 block of Lake Street, Delaware police said.

A Delaware man reported two vehicles were damaged between 9 p.m. Oct. 11 and 7:50 a.m. Oct. 12 while they were parked outside his residence in the 100 block of East Winter Street.

He said an unknown suspect shattered a window of one vehicle, with additional damage found on the body of another.

Two computer hard drives worth $120 were stolen between 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 8 a.m. Oct. 15 from a car parked in the 300 block of West Hull Drive, police said.

A report said the victim was one of several in the area who complained that someone had entered his car during the early morning of Oct. 15.

Scrap steel was stolen between Sept. 14 and Oct. 15 from a construction site at the corner of Hayes and North streets, police said.

A Delaware man reported someone damaged his truck between 3 p.m. Oct. 13 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 14 while it was parked in a lot outside of a business in the 2000 block of U.S. Route 23.