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New Albany: Two thefts from construction sites under investigation

The New Albany Police Department is investigating two thefts from homes under construction that occurred last month.

A contractor reported $2,500 worth of tools were stolen between 4 p.m. March 28 and 8 a.m. March 31 from a construction trailer in the first block of Highgrove Road.

The hinges were pried off the trailer to gain access, causing an estimated $1,000 in damage to the trailer, the police report said.

Another contractor reported a free-standing range and an oven-microwave oven combination valued at $7,194 were stolen between 6:30 p.m. March 15 and 7:03 a.m. March 17 from a home under construction in the 4000 block of Ackerly Farm Road.

The power was turned off to remove the appliances and the home was accessed by a door that was semi-secured, the police report said.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Police cited a 24-year-old woman for driving under suspension, speeding and no seat belt at 7:52 p.m. April 8 at Fifth and Nelson avenues.

* Police are investigating the theft of a cellphone valued at $500 taken from a bag in the New Albany High School boys locker room between 2:30 and 4 p.m. April 8.

The bag was in an unlocked locker, the police report said.

* Police are investigating an attempted break-in to a shed behind the New Albany Presbyterian Church, 5220 Johnstown Road.

The attempt occurred between 12:01 a.m. March 27 and 3:30 p.m. April 4.

According to the police report, someone tried to enter the shed, but the door was blocked by heavy objects. The door was kicked and someone tried to use a hammer to gain entry.

Two exterior lights on the shed were broken in the incident, the report said.