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Flasher returns, but social media reports false

Grandview Heights police received another report of indecent exposure last week, but also clarified that some information spreading on social media is incorrect.

A woman reported that a man exposed himself to her about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the area of West Third and Broadview avenues. The man ran east toward Grandview Avenue, reports said.

Reports on social media that a man exposed himself to two teenage girls or to any other victims Aug. 16 are false, according to a statement released by police detective Ryan Starns.

Police did receive a call shortly after 11 p.m. Aug. 16 regarding a suspicious person wearing a ski mask in the area of Wyandotte and Third avenues. That report was made by a teenage girl, but she did not report seeing any act of public indecency, Starns said.

Anyone with information regarding the two separate incidents is asked to call the police department at 614-488-7901.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

• Sean P. Gallagher, 25, of Carriage Hill Lane in Columbus was arrested Aug. 14 on a felony charge of breaking and entering after police received a report of a theft in progress in the 1100 block of Goodale Boulevard.

The caller told police a man had jumped a fence to steal several items, which he placed in the trunk of his vehicle before leaving the area. The caller reportedly followed the vehicle to Goodale and Neil Avenue while still on the phone with the police dispatcher.

Officers stopped the vehicle at Goodale and Neil and found Gallagher to be in possession of several stolen items and drug paraphernalia. The owner of the business arrived at the scene to positively identify the stolen items.

Gallagher also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Franklin County jail.

• Police received two reports of thefts from lockers at a business in the 800 block of Goodale Boulevard.

A man reported Aug. 15 his wallet was stolen. He said he arrived about 6 p.m. at the gym and put his wallet inside a locker, securing it with his own padlock. About 7:20 p.m., the man received an email about a charge for $342 made at a Columbus-area Walmart. The wallet also contained $20 in cash and $20 worth of gift cards, the victim reported.

On Aug. 12, a person called police to report a wallet was stolen from an unsecured locker at the business. The wallet contained about $100, reports said.

• Eighteen steel guardrail beams were reported stolen Aug. 12 from a fenced property in the 1300 block of Goodale Boulevard. The beams were discovered missing Aug. 12 and are believed to have been stolen in the previous two months.

• The owner of a business in the 1000 block of West First Avenue reported Aug. 13 that someone forced entry into a vending machine July 31 and stole about $50 in cash.

• Police received a call Aug. 11 that someone had broken into the shed by the tennis courts at McKinley Field, 1661 W. Goodale Blvd., and had stolen two cases of tennis balls and a tennis-ball hopper. The items were last seen at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 and noticed missing about 3 p.m. Aug. 11, reports said.