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Delaware: Police report possible arson at OWU dorm

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Delaware police and fire officials are investigating a possible case of arson on Ohio Wesleyan University's campus.

Delaware's police and fire departments responded about 1:20 a.m. April 4 to an alarm at OWU's Smith Hall East, 38 S. Liberty St., according to police reports.

Students were evacuated while police officers searched for fire damage, reports said. Officers found a smoke detector that had burn damage, which likely caused the alarm to go off, according to police reports.

Police have no suspects at this time, reports said.

In other recent Delaware police reports:

* An employee of a business in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street reported bad checks being passed about noon March 8. Police said the possible suspect was not charged because police think she was the victim of a scam that originated in another state.

* A woman reported a theft that occurred between noon and 6 p.m. April 6 in the first block of Carriage Drive. She said her debit card was taken by a known suspect and used to make a withdrawal.

* A woman reported a theft that occurred between 10 and 11 p.m. April 5 at a business in the first block of South Sandusky Street. She said her purse, which contained $25, credit cards and her Social Security card, was stolen by an unknown suspect.

* A woman living in the 100 block of Slate Court in Delaware reported a case of theft by deception that occurred between 9 a.m. April 2 and 3:30 p.m. April 4. The woman said she was the victim of a telephone scam.

* A man reported a theft that occurred between 2:30 a.m. April 3 and 4 p.m. April 8 in in the 100 block of Thornapple Trail.


Delaware County Sheriff's reports

* A woman living in the 3600 block of Piatt Road in Berlin Township reported identity theft that occurred between midnight April 2 and midnight April 3. She told Delaware County Sheriff's deputies someone filed taxes using her Social Security number.

* A woman living in the 7400 block of Bridlespur Lane in Liberty Township reported to sheriff's deputies that an unknown person had accessed her bank account between 2 and 3 a.m. April 2. Money from the victim's account then was spent at Hollywood Casino Columbus, according to sheriff's reports.

The suspect spent $2,539 of the victim's money, reports said.

Deputies are investigating the incident.