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Delaware: Man firing pellet gun charged with inducing panic

Multiple Walmart shoppers called the Delaware Police Department Sept. 16 to report that a man was firing a gun in the store’s parking lot.

Reports said when police arrived at 2:08 p.m., they found a 32-year-old Bay Point, Calif., man firing an Airsoft gun.

Although the gun is only capable of shooting pellets, officers arrested the man and charged him with inducing panic, discharging a firearm and disorderly conduct.

In other Delaware police reports:

• The police department was listed as the victim on a Sept. 15 report. That day, the department accepted a check for conducting fingerprint services. The check was returned as fraudulent.

• Five Ohio Wesleyan University students were charged with underage consumption of alcohol Sept. 15 after police were called at 10:30 p.m. to a break up a dorm room party in the first block of South Liberty Street.

• A concession building at Hayes High School was broken into between 6:20 and 8:50 p.m. Sept. 15, reports said. A window was smashed, causing $100 in damage, but nothing from inside was reported stolen.

• Thieves broke out the window of a vehicle parked in the first block of Marvin Lane and made away with $400 in cash. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. Sept. 16 and 8:45 a.m. Sept. 17.

• A license plate was stolen between 11 p.m. Sept. 12 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 from a vehicle parked in the first block of Ohio Street, reports said.

• Police are investigating the theft of a 2011 white Dodge Ram. Reports suggested the truck was “hotwired” between 11:45 p.m. Sept. 12 and 2:40 a.m. Sept. 13. The vehicle, reported to be worth $33,000, went missing from a driveway in the 2000 block of Farmland Drive. Various tools inside the truck were estimated to be worth $800.

• A bicycle valued at $90 was reported stolen from outside the Delaware County Main Library between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16.