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Gahanna: Kid reportedly plinking neighborhood squirrels with BB gun

Gahanna police recently responded to a complaint about a juvenile who allegedly was shooting squirrels with a BB gun in a local neighborhood.

A boy was seen shooting squirrels and other things in an apartment complex in the 300 block of Penny Lane at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. A caller said he had concerns regarding safety issues associated with shooting squirrels in the area with a BB gun. He said the boy often shoots in the direction of other houses in the neighborhood. He said he has addressed the situation with the boy's parent, but he had negative results.

Police contacted the boy's father, who said he would take the BB gun away and only allow him to use it in a safe manner. Police briefed the boy on the proper backstop for such activities, and he was told shooting at a safe and level direction toward a proper backstop is crucial. The boy said he understood, according to reports.

In other Gahanna police incident reports:

• A resident in the 300 block of Prince of Wales Drive reported at 4:19 pm. Aug. 7 that someone put dirty underwear on his wife's car in the previous week, and on that day, a coffee cup full of some kind of liquid was on the car. The resident was advised to contact police the next time something is left on his property.

• A sick raccoon was reported in a trash bin in the 100 block of Shepard Street at 7:06 p.m. Aug. 7. A woman said she was concerned because small children were playing in the area. The raccoon seemed young and healthy, according to police. The raccoon was taken out of the trash bin, and it ran off. Police told the resident to call again if she suspected further problems.

• Keys and vitamins were reported stolen from a vehicle at Middle School West, 350 N. Stygler Road, at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 7.

• A golf bag, a checkbook and a bonus check were reported stolen from a vehicle at Gahanna Lanes, 215 W. Johnstown Road, according to a theft report received at 10:41 p.m. Aug. 7.

• A vehicle was broken into at New Life Community Baptist Church, 3690 N. Stygler Road, according to a report received at 4:20 a.m. Aug. 8.

• Money was reported stolen at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road, according to a theft report received at 4:22 p.m. Aug. 8.

• An air-conditioning unit and furnace were reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Empire Drive at 5:08 p.m. Aug. 8.

• Three teenage boys were reported toilet-papering a house in the 1000 block of Cloverly Drive at 2:31 a.m. Aug. 9.

• The owner of a truck reported a window was busted out in the 200 block of Dellfield Lane at 8:05 a.m. Aug. 9.

• A black Labrador retriever jumped out of a vehicle in the 300 block of Granville Street at 3:22 p.m. Aug. 9. The caller said his dog was running in the middle of the street. He said the dog jumped out of the car while he was at Gahanna Hardware, according to reports.

Police were flagged down about a possible burglary in progress at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the 200 block of Carpenter Road. Police discovered it was the owners of the dog that jumped out of the car on Granville Street. Police told the dog's owners to avoid traveling through backyards.

• A buck was struggling near gravel in the 100 block of Parkland Drive, according to an animal complaint received at 9:03 p.m. Aug. 11. The animal could have been injured or tangled in something near the ballpark, according to reports.

• A road-rage incident was reported at 3:29 p.m. Aug. 12 at Tech Center Drive and Morrison Road. Someone in a pick-up truck started beeping and cursing at the caller, according to reports.

• Numerous vehicles were broken into in the 600 block of Kensington Drive, according to a theft report received at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 13.

• Illegal dumping was reported at Sunshine Cleaners, 425 Agler Road, at 10:28 a.m. Aug. 13. The business had the dumping on video, according to reports.

• Suspicious persons were reported at 9:13 p.m. Aug. 13 in the 100 blocks of Regents Road and Prince of Wales Drive. Two males were on skateboards, shining lights into cars and hiding behind them, according to reports. Police were told they were filming things for skateboarding, and the light was from their cellphones, reports stated.