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Licking County: Two Pataskala businesses identify counterfeit $100 bills

Two Pataskala businesses received counterfeit $100 bills last week, according to the Pataskala Division of Police.

Hot Head Burritos at 480 E. Broad St. received one of the counterfeit bills between 8 and 9:30 p.m. April 7. The bill was identified by workers at the restaurant and reported to police on April 8.

Goodwill Industries at 78 Oak Meadow Drive received the other bill at 1:30 p.m. April 9 and reported it at that time.

In other recent incident reports from the Pataskala Division of Police:

* Police closed Brooksedge Drive for several hours after lightning stuck a tree and damaged a gas line near a home at 1:45 p.m. April 10.

Pataskala police Capt. Michael Boals said the road was closed until crews could repair the damage.

* Police investigated a report of heroin possession on April 7 in the 200 block of Poff Drive. While at the scene, officers found what appeared to be heroin, needles, a metal spoon with burnt residue and white gauze with burnt residue.

Boals said police need to confirm the type of drug seized before any charges can be filed.

* Police investigated two felony thefts on April 5 and 6.

Prescription pain killers reportedly were stolen between 9:58 and 10:24 p.m. April 6 from a home in the first block of Broad Street.

A Smith and Wesson handgun valued at $450 was reported stolen between 8 p.m. April 4 and 9 a.m. April 5 from a home in the 200 block of Monarch Drive.