Gahanna police recently responded to a complaint about a fire that was part of a prop to ask a girl to prom.
A man reported a group of teens had set a fire in the parking lot of Hunters Ridge, 384 Morrison Road, at 10:36 p.m. April 11. He said it appeared to be a controlled fire. Police found candles and said they were part of a display a boy had made to ask a girl to prom. The girl said yes, according to reports.
In other Gahanna police incident reports:
* A purse was stolen from a vehicle after an unidentified person broke the window while it was parked at Bob Evans, 443 Morrison Road, at 6:47 a.m. April 15.
* Jewelry was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Imperial Drive at 12:49 a.m. April 15. The front door of the residence was broken, and the bedroom was a mess, according to reports. Entry to the home was made through a rear window, reports said.
* A handicap placard was reported stolen from St. Matthew Church, 807 Havens Corners Road, at 12:49 p.m. April 14.
* A resident in the 400 block of Lincolnshire Drive reported that her step-granddaughter and her boyfriend stole several items, including $40,000 in jewelry. The theft report was received at 12:48 p.m. April 14.
* A resident in the 200 block of Regents Road said she wasn't home the night before, and she returned to find the bedroom a mess. She said a tablet was missing, and she wasn't sure what else. The method of entry was unclear as there was no broken windows, according to reports. The burglary was reported at 9:21 a.m. April 13.
* Gahanna's zoning department was notified after a Goshen Court resident reported teens made a party area in the woods behind his house. He said the teens put up couches, fire pits and picnic areas, according to the complaint filed at 12:21 p.m. April 13.
* A white, naked male was reported in the Giant Eagle parking lot, 1250 N. Hamilton Road, at 6:07 a.m. April 13. He went inside the store and asked for clothes. An employee told him to wait outside, according to reports. The man was on drugs, according to police. He was transported by Mifflin Township to the OSU East hospital.
* A woman reported items were taken from her father's residence in the 100 block of Arbors Circle at 6:22 p.m. April 12. She said electronics, including a PlayStation 3, games and tablet were gone. She said the items could have been taken by a former care provider who had a key.
* A resident in the 200 block of Vista Drive told police her family was being harassed because of race at 1:03 p.m. April 12.
* A fight was reported at 1:25 a.m. April 12 at the Alumni Club, 395 Stoneridge Lane.
* A piece of metal gutter was in the roadway by Northeast School, 500 N. Hamilton Road, according to a complaint received at 11:39 a.m. April 11.
* A cat appeared to be dying in the front yard of a residence in the 200 block of Penny Lane, according to an animal complaint filed at 11:58 a.m. April 11.
* A resident in the 1000 block of Grey Oaks Drive said someone used his Social Security number when filing taxes, according to a report filed at 1:14 p.m. April 11. The resident said he just discovered the fraud, according to reports.
* A resident in the 200 block of Ainsworth Avenue reported money was stolen from her checking account at 2:07 p.m. April 11.
* A man reported several tents and occupants near the Polo Club Villas, 1350 Polo Club Drive, at 2:53 p.m. April 11. He said he didn't know if they were squatters. He said three tents were on property east of the Polo Club by the creek, and they've been there for three months, according to reports. He said they are hidden in the valley part of the creek. Police found a tarp suspended on stakes to prevent/delay erosion from the Underwood Farms complex.
* A resident in the 600 block of Fawndale Place said he thought someone attempted to break into the residence overnight. He said a screen was removed from a window and neither he nor his wife removed it. The incident was reported at 3:06 p.m. April 11.
* A resident in the 100 block of Andalus Drive reported that a neighbor's pit bull attacked his dog at 4:20 p.m. April 11.
* Juveniles were reported ringing doorbells and running in the 500 block of West Johnstown Road at 8:30 p.m. April 11. They ran toward the Goshen area, according to reports.