Students who've headed back to school in the last few weeks have meant some additional work for the Delaware City Police Department. Police responded to the Ohio Wesleyan University campus twice last week to take theft reports.
Between 7 p.m. Aug. 25 and 4 p.m. Aug. 26, the rear exhaust was stolen from a car parked in an OWU parking lot in the first block of East William Street. Reports said a tablet computer valued at $100 also was taken from the vehicle.
A cellphone was reported stolen from a residence hall Aug. 25. The theft occurred between midnight and 9 a.m., according to reports.
Police also investigated at Willis Middle School, 74 W. William St., Aug. 19 after a student's MP3 player, valued at $300, was reported stolen from a school bus.
In other recent Delaware police reports:
* A bicycle was stolen Aug. 23 from outside a business in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street, reports said. The bike, valued at $20, went missing between 8 and 8:13 p.m.
* Two bicycles and a cooler were reported stolen from a patio in the first block of Ravine Ridge Drive. Reports said the items, together worth $170, were taken between 2:50 and 4:28 p.m. Aug. 27.
* Thieves targeted an un-locked vehicle that was parked in the first block of Griswold Street Aug. 22. Reports said between midnight and 11:30 a.m., a stereo faceplate, valued at $100, and dietary supplements, valued at $170, were stolen.
* About $20 worth of coins were stolen from an unlocked car parked in the first block of Limetree Drive between 10 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 23, reports said.
* Thieves broke the window of a business in the 300 block of Curtis Street and left with $6 from its cash register, reports said. The theft occurred outside of the business's hours, between 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 6:20 a.m. Aug. 22.
A business in the 800 block of Sunbury Road was the victim of a similar theft between 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and 8:42 a.m. Aug. 23, reports said. The business's glass front door was broken and $300 was taken from the cash register.
* Police made a traffic stop in the area of Sunbury and Bowtown roads Aug. 23 to find that a 15-year-old girl was illegally driving without a license. She was turned over to her mother and the case was sent to juvenile court, reports said.
At about 3 p.m. Aug. 18, someone entered the Flying J Travel Plaza, 7735 state Route 37 E. in Sunbury, and was able to steal $800 from the cash register, according to Delaware County Sheriff's reports.
In other recent sheriff's reports:
* A homeowner in the 13000 block of Vans Valley Road in Galena called deputies at 12:11 p.m. Aug. 19 to report that two men were stealing scrap metal from a barn on his property. According to reports, the men got away with about $250 worth of metal before deputies were able to respond.
* While parked overnight in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Hogback Road in Sunbury, a vehicle became the target of vandalism and theft. At 1:53 a.m. Aug. 16, the vehicle's owner discovered the driver's-side tires had been slashed, the soft top of the vehicle had been punctured and the driver's-side and rear windows were broken. Reports said $20 cash, two fishing poles, a tackle box and prescription pills, together valued at $520, were missing from inside the vehicle.
* A Delaware family drove to the sheriff's office after feeling threatened by a driver on Home Road. According to reports, a man began honking his car horn before stopping his vehicle in the middle of Home Road at 5:14 p.m. Aug. 16. The Delaware driver drove around the man's stopped vehicle, but he later caught up with the family's vehicle and made contact. Reports said the man showed a knife, so the victim drove straight to the sheriff's office.