Rocky Fork Enterprise

Police beat

Gahanna: Beggars reported in StoneRidge Plaza lot, along South Hamilton

Gahanna police recently responded to incidents involving a woman asking for money and a man seeking work by holding a sign.

A woman reportedly was panhandling in the StoneRidge Plaza Kroger parking lot, 1365 Stoneridge Drive, according to a suspicious-persons report received at 5:21 p.m. April 6. The black female, with long hair and a thin build, was tapping on vehicle windows, according to reports. The woman was warned to stop panhandling, but she denied having asked for money.

A foreign man with an approximately 9-year-old child was holding a "please help" sign in the 200 block of South Hamilton Road, near Taco Bell, according to a complaint filed at 5:23 p.m. April 3. He was standing next to a teal van, holding the sign, in hopes of finding work, according to reports.

In other Gahanna police incident reports:

* Juveniles were picking up ducks and throwing them in a pond at Waring Way and Woodbay Drive, according to a complaint received at 4:05 p.m. April 8.

* Two bags of groceries and a purse were stolen from the trunk of an unlocked vehicle in the 4000 block of Morse Road, according to a theft report received at 4:54 p.m. April 7.

* A bag of documents and office supplies were reported stolen from the back seat of a vehicle after the rear driver-side window was broken in the 300 block of Stoneridge Lane. The theft was reported at 4:43 p.m. April 7.

* A truck was egged in the 1000 block of Riva Ridge Boulevard, according to a vandalism report received at 2:05 p.m. April 6. The resident said this is the second time this has occurred. The first time was before Christmas.

* The window of a vehicle was reported broken in the 400 block of Morrison Road, according to a vandalism report received at 5:05 p.m. April 4.

* Excessive drumming was heard coming from a residence in the 100 block of Dunbarton Road, according to a complaint received at 3:57 p.m. April 7. Police told the resident to lower the music.

* A friendly brown Labrador retriever was found by a couple walking along Forestwood Drive and Hines Road, according to a report received at 10:51 a.m. April 6. The dog had no tags or collar. A Franklin County animal-control officer picked up the dog, according to reports.

* A Springwood Lake Drive resident said two black-and-white cats attacked her and her dog, according to an animal complaint received at 6:40 p.m. April 5. She said her leg was bleeding, but she declined medical attention. The cats live on Waring Way, she said.

* Boys were reported screaming at each other in the 300 block of Adamson Drive, according to a disorderly-conduct report received at 2:04 a.m. April 6.

* A Denwood Court resident received a call from an unknown person, claiming to be an ADT representative, according to a complaint received at 7:29 p.m. April 4. The caller asked how her security system had been working. When she said she didn't have a system, the caller hung up. The resident said she received a similar call a few weeks ago.

* A television was reported stolen from a residence in the 300 block of Haymarket Place at 3:06 p.m. April 3.

* A Highmeadow Drive resident called police about a cannonball he has been storing in his garage since December, according to a report received at 2:26 p.m. April 3. The man had found it while cleaning out his father's house. He conferred with an archaeologist, who was unable to determine if it was an actual cannonball, and was advised to call police. The resident said he would keep the object until the bomb squad could collect it. The bomb squad X-rayed the cannonball, determined it was solid and not explosive and accepted it for a possible display item.

* An elderly Clotts Road resident received a call that her grandson was in jail and she needed to obtain $4,000 in reloaded cards to get him out of jail, according to a call received at 9:48 a.m. April 3. The woman's son stopped the transaction before there was a loss, according to reports.