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New Albany Police: three residents report identity theft, false tax returns

The New Albany Police Department is investigating three cases of identity theft in which victims reported another person had used their personal information to file a tax return.

The incidents were reported at 9:19 p.m. April 11 by a resident in the 7000 block of New Albany Links Drive; at 6:20 p.m. April 13 by a resident in the 3000 block of Redford Court; and at 12:48 a.m. April 16 by a resident in the 7000 block of Alpath Road.

Only one resident reported the thief had collected an income-tax refund by using the stolen information.

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

* Police cited a 36-year-old man for OVI and failing to stop at a stop sign at 1:34 a.m. April 21 on state Route 605 south of Morse Road.

* Police are investigating the theft of five construction ladders, a chain and a lock between 8 p.m. April 16 and 9 a.m. April 17 from a home under construction in the 4000 block of Sedgwick Drive.

The equipment was valued at $2,000.

The contractor used the chain and lock to secure the ladders together and left them in the locked home, the police report said.

Police found no forced entry to the home. Contractors use a lock with a code to enter the home, the report said.

* Police are investigating the theft of $300 of cosmetics and jewelry between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 8 from a home in the 5000 block of Johnstown Road.

The burglar entered the home through a side door, which was forced open to gain entry, the police report said.

* Police investigated a dog bite reported at 7:41 p.m. April 14 in the 3000 block of Drayton Hall Boulevard.

A 7-year-old girl reportedly was bitten by one of two dogs, which belong to a neighbor. The dog bit the girl's thigh and broke the skin, the police report said.

Franklin County Animal Control arrived and cited the dog owner for failing to control the two dogs, which are Australian blue heelers. Because it was not determined which dog bit the girl, both dogs were declared dangerous, the report said.