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Delaware: Business loses 18 tablets to thief


Delaware police are investigating the theft of about $7,000 worth of electronics from a city business.

A business reported the felony theft occurred between 1:15 and 1:45 a.m. March 17 in the 1700 block of Columbus Pike. An unknown person stole 18 tablet computers valued at $6,931 and a suitcase valued at $69 from the scene, according to police reports.

The case remains open and there are no suspects at this time, reports said.

In other recent police reports:

* A woman reported a theft occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 18 on North Franklin Street. She said an unknown suspect took a stenograph machine valued at $5,000 from her parked car while she was at the Delaware County courthouse.

The suspect also took a bag valued at $150, reports said.

* A woman living in the first block of Frank Street reported an identity theft that occurred between 4 p.m. March 25 and 4 p.m. March 26. She said an unknown suspect used her debit card number to pay a utility bill in South Carolina.

* A man reported a theft that occurred between March 12 and 21 in the 2600 block of U.S. Route 42. He said someone stole an enclosed trailer near the intersection of Route 42 and Owen-Fraley Road.

* A woman reported a theft occurred between 9 p.m. March 21 and 8 p.m. March 22 in the first block of Belle Avenue. She said a known suspect stole $300, her engagement ring and two bottles of prescription drugs.

* A man reported a case of gross sexual imposition involving a juvenile victim occurred between 9 p.m. March 22 and 8 a.m. March 23. The case remains under investigation, according to police reports.

Sheriff's reports

A man living in the 5700 block of Whispering Trail in Galena reported identity fraud that occurred between 10 a.m. and noon March 15. An unknown suspect used the man's credit card three times for purchases that totaled $951.37, according to Delaware County Sheriff's reports.