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Licking County: Juvenile behavior keeps local officers on their toes

Several incidents involving juveniles kept the Pataskala Division of Police busy last week.

Police arrested five juveniles for criminal trespassing at 7:27 p.m. May 2 at Summit and Cable roads.

An 11-year-old boy, two 14-year-old girls, a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl were arrested after they were reported at the site at 7:16 p.m.

Police also took a report May 4 about six juveniles who appeared to commit a minor theft while on a camping trip.

Police Chief Bruce Brooks said the children were camping on Blacks Road at Oxford Drive when they took a dog and a gosling from someone else's property.

The children -- a 13-year-old girl, three 12-year-old girls, an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy -- were discovered with the animals by a parent at 1:58 p.m. May 4.

The parent forced the children to return the animals to the owners and suggested they perform community service.

Brooks said the animal owners declined to press charges and no arrests were made.

Police also arrested a 17-year-old boy for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and curfew violation at 1:04 a.m. May 4 at Broad Street and Township Road.

"Every year, the kids -- because they are almost out of school -- get antsy and do dumb stuff," Brooks said. "For the next couple of weeks, they'll start fighting and vandalism picks up a little bit."

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

* Officers tried to locate a man in a dark-colored Honda who asked cellphone company workers to leave Graham Road at 3:15 a.m. May 7.

The workers told police the man pulled up, asked what the workers were doing, showed a gun and asked them to leave.

No threats were made and the gun was not pointed at anyone, according to police reports.

The suspect followed the workers to Mink Street, then turned around and disappeared on Graham Road.

Police could not find the vehicle or the suspect.

Pataskala police Capt. Michael Boals said the workers often drive around near cellular towers and test signals.

"It's ongoing sometimes until 2 a.m.," Boals said. "They are in an unmarked minivan with out-of-state plates.

"I'm assuming a neighbor may have driven by and showed them that he had a weapon and said they don't belong in the area."

* Police on May 6 investigated the theft of three guitars from a church in the 13000 block of Broad Street.

The guitars, which were valued at $1,250, were reported missing at 11:08 a.m. May 6 and could have been taken between 1 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m. May 6, according to reports.

The person who took the items entered the church through the basement, police said.

* Police are looking for an electronic tablet, electronic gaming systems and laptop computers valued at $14,999 that were taken from a residence in the 200 block of Monarch Drive between 6 p.m. May 3 and 9:06 p.m. May 4.

The incident was reported after 9 p.m. May 4. There was no sign of forced entry, according to reports.

* Officers investigated a breaking and entering call and vandalism in the 10000 block of Cable Road.

Two sheds and a camper were entered between midnight April 22 and 4 p.m. May 4.

The incident was reported at 5:01 p.m. May 4.

* Officers also are looking for a political sign reported stolen between 10 p.m. May 3 and 8 a.m. May 4 from the 3000 block of Summit Road.

The sign was reported missing at 11:43 a.m. May 4.

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