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Pataskala: Charges pending against boy after setup robbery

The Pataskala Division of Police has charges pending against a 17-year-old boy for possession of drugs, drug trafficking, theft by deception and falsification after investigating an alleged robbery.

Detective Joshua McGeorge said a 16-year-old boy's mother reported a robbery at 6:46 p.m. Jan. 21 in the first block of Oak Meadow Drive.

The 17-year-old suspect supposedly took $100 and used a handgun, according to the police report.

McGeorge said the boy used a pellet gun.

The 16-year-old thought he was purchasing $100 in drugs, McGeorge said, but the older boy did not intend to give him the drugs.

Instead, the 17-year-old was attempting to retrieve money he thought had been stolen from him by the 16-year-old, McGeorge said.

"Out of that (robbery report) developed a drug trafficking case against the 17-year-old, who set up the whole thing," McGeorge said.

McGeorge said charges are pending after further review by the Licking County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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

* A 33-year-old man was arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at 10:33 p.m. Jan. 25 following a traffic stop on Mill Street at Township Road.

The man had marijuana and two glass pipes in the vehicle, according to the police report.

* Police cited a 42-year-old woman for having dogs running at large at 10 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 100 block of Poff Drive.

No one was injured in the incident, according to the report.