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Gahanna: Teen 'hooligans' ask adults to buy tobacco for them

Tuesday February 25, 2014 8:47 PM

Gahanna police recently responded to a variety of calls regarding juvenile mischief -- from soliciting for tobacco products to attempted theft of a traffic sign.

A manager at the Stoneridge Kroger requested police at 3:33 p.m. Feb. 16 regarding "hooligans" at the entrance of the store. Police were told two males in their late teens were asking customers to buy tobacco for them. The manager wanted them removed from the store.

Several calls were received regarding teens standing on a pond at Vista Apartments, 700 Vista Drive, at 10:10 p.m. Feb. 15. The callers said they were worried about their safety on the ice.

Two boys were involved in a fight at Gahanna Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road, at 3:21 p.m. Feb. 14. One student punched cabinets and flipped over a table, according to reports.

Teenagers allegedly were trying to steal a temporary stop sign at Forestwood Drive and Irvington Place, according to a suspicious-persons report received at 5:50 p.m. Feb. 14. The resident said a temporary sign was posted at the corner, and he witnessed teenagers attempting to steal it. He said he prevented them from taking it, but he's concerned they will try again because the sign isn't secured.

The teen girls told police they were on a scavenger hunt and needed a picture of a stop sign. Police warned them regarding moving the sign and possible problems that could occur.

In other Gahanna police incident reports:

* A Haybrook Drive resident reported a raccoon was walking in circles in the street at 9:39 a.m. Feb. 14. The caller said this was the second one in the neighborhood this week.

* Illegal dumping was reported at 10:53 a.m. Feb. 14 at Teeters Construction Inc., 735 Cross Pointe Road. The business is going to put up trespassing signs and possibly cameras, according to reports.

* The back window of a truck belonging to a city parks employee was smashed in the 400 block of Rocky Fork Boulevard, according to a report received at 2:16 p.m. Feb. 14.

* A suspicious vehicle with a disoriented female was reported at Peace Lutheran Church, 455 Clark State Road, at 8:18 p.m. Feb. 14. A van with no windows was under the entry way, according to a resident. A woman stayed there all night with permission, and the church staff brought her food and coffee, according to reports.

* A man began arguing with a manager at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2380 Cherry Bottom Road, because he didn't have identification for alcohol to be served to him, according to a complaint received at 10:36 p.m. Feb. 14. Police said the party had left, no threats were made to management, and the customer was given his money back.

* A man was sleeping in a truck near the football field at Columbus Academy, 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, according to a suspicious-vehicle report received at 3:33 a.m. Feb. 15. The man told police he was waiting for the grounds crew to arrive. Police advised school security.

* A purse was reported stolen after an unidentified person broke the back driver-side window of a vehicle at the YMCA, 555 YMCA Place, according to a theft report received at 6:41 p.m. Feb. 15.

* A Green Meadows Drive resident said a female was saying mean things about her via social media, according to a complaint received at 11:59 a.m. Feb. 16. The resident visited police headquarters to report that she had been in a physical altercation with the woman on the previous night at a party on the OSU campus, but she didn't report it to police. Since the fight, she said, the woman has been calling her names on Facebook and Twitter.

* A fraudulent prescription for 100 oxycodone pills was filled at the CVS pharmacy, 900 N. Hamilton Road, at 4:18 p.m. Feb. 16. The pharmacist filled the prescription before realizing it was fraudulent, according to reports.

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