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New Albany: Stolen purses turn up in Zarley Street trash bin

The New Albany Police Department is investigating damages to cars parked on Zarley Street reported at 2:15 p.m. May 10.

Three vehicles parked at two businesses were damaged and one purse and its contents were reported missing.

A person at a Zarley Street business reported seeing a vehicle leaving the scene and driving into the strip center on the west side of Johnstown Road, according to the police report.

Officers reviewed surveillance video from area businesses and searched the trash bin behind businesses on the west side of Johnstown Road. They retrieved several purses.

According to the police report, one of the purses was taken from a car on Zarley Street and others were stolen earlier in the day from a YMCA parking lot in Newark.

The vehicle leaving the scene was described as a dark gray or dark green Chevy Malibu with Florida license plates, the report said.

The car windows were dark, preventing any description of the driver, the report said.

Residents with information about the incident can contact New Albany police at 614-855-1234.

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

• Police are investigating an identity theft reported at 10:05 p.m. May 9 by a resident in the 7000 block of Cunningham Drive.

The resident reported a person involved in an automobile accident in Nevada used a Nevada driver's license with the New Albany resident's name and information.

• Police are investigating the theft of $130 taken from a purse left in a classroom at New Albany Middle School, 6600 E. Dublin-Granville Road, during school hours May 5.

The purse was left in plain view and nothing else was taken, according to the police report.

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