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Departments collaborate to stop bar-stool thieves

The Columbus Division of Police's K9 unit advised Grandview Heights police about 1:30 a.m. March 4 they were following theft suspects westbound on Goodale Boulevard at Olentangy River Road. The three suspects had stolen two bar stools, an artificial plant and two advertisement posters with a stand from a bar in the Arena District, reports said.

Columbus and Grandview police stopped the suspects' vehicle at Goodale and Northwest Boulevard. The suspects were detained and later released from the scene. The property was returned to the bar.

In other recent Grandview Heights Police Department incident reports:

* A resident of the 1500 block of West Goodale Boulevard reported a laptop computer, two MP3 players and a prescription bottle containing 10 pills were stolen from his home. The total value of the computer and MP3 players is estimated at $1,679.

* A resident of the 1100 block of Parkway North reported March 2 the theft of 30 antique crystal stemware glasses and a 10-piece silver-plated tea set. The victim said he paid a friend $200 to post the items on eBay and sell them for him. He said the items were never sold. The friend claimed to have shipping receipts proving they were sold and shipped, but has not provided the receipts to the victim, reports said. The value of the glasses and tea set was estimated at $750.

* Officers were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to a parking lot in the 1200 block of Grandview Avenue on a report of a suspicious person/car. The caller reported a man was sitting in a parked SUV and another man was walking through the lot checking cars. When they arrived, officers made contact with the first man as he was exiting the SUV. He said he was from Grove City and was finishing a cigarette before going into a nearby restaurant.

Officers checked the man's information with the police dispatcher and found he had an extensive record of theft offenses.

The man denied any criminal activity and consented to have his person and vehicle searched. Officers found a hypodermic needle containing an unknown clear liquid in the vehicle, reports said. The man stated he was diabetic, but had no documentation. The needle was seized for testing. Officers checked the vehicles in the lot and asked the man to leave.

* Numerous items were reported stolen Feb. 28 from a vehicle parked at an office building in the 1500 block of Dublin Road. The rear driver's-side window was broken out and a bag containing several rounds of ammunition, two boxes of buckshot, a flashlight, prescription glasses, a GPS unit, a spotting scope, handcuffs, two vests, several pair of gloves and a communications radio was stolen.