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New Albany: Repeat graffiti near country club under investigation

The New Albany Police Department is investigating spray-painted graffiti in the New Albany Country Club's tunnel under U.S. Route 62 at Fenway Road.

The graffiti was found at 3:23 p.m. July 14, according to the police report.

"It's not unusual (for graffiti) to pop up but it's certainly something we don't see a lot of," said police Chief Greg Jones.

The same tunnel was painted with graffiti in October 2013.

A realty company reported the bridge walls in the tunnel under U.S. Route 62 were painted with black graffiti between 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. Oct. 19, 2013.

Other graffiti was found on a brick wall at the southeast corner of Route 62 and Keswick Drive at about the same time.

The damage on Route 62 and Keswick Drive was estimated to have occurred between midnight Oct. 18 and 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2013.

Jones said the tunnel is somewhat isolated and someone could be in the tunnel for several hours without being seen if not many golfers are out or it is after club hours.

"There hasn't been a theme or a tie with the graffiti and officers thought there was a style difference in this (writing) so it didn't seem like potentially the same person striking it over and over again," Jones said.

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

* Police are investigating two thefts that occurred in the past few weeks.

Two leaf blowers valued at $650 were taken between 4 and 5:45 p.m. July 25 from a landscaping trailer parked in the 6000 block of Dublin-Granville Road.

Surveillance photos from a neighboring property show a dark gray, late model Ford F-150 truck pull alongside the landscape trailer and someone removed the blowers from the trailer and put them in the truck.

A thin chain had to be cut before the items could be removed, according to the police report.

The second theft occurred when a payroll Visa card was taken between 1:39 and 8:35 a.m. Aug. 14 from a vehicle parked in the first block of Alban Mews.

The card was in plain sight and was taken after someone broke the driver's side window, according to the police report.

Someone tried to use the card at a United Dairy Farmers store in Columbus but it was declined because the victim already had canceled the card, the report said.

* Officers cited two people for drug-related offenses on two different dates.

Police cited a 43-year-old man for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia at 2:38 p.m. Aug. 8 following a traffic stop for a potential registration violation in the 5000 block of New Albany Road East.

The vehicle's registration was confirmed but the passenger was found with a coffee can containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Police cited a 24-year-old woman for drug abuse and drug paraphernalia at 7:45 p.m. Aug. 13 on New Albany Road East at Central College Road following a traffic stop for speeding.

The woman was found with marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to the police report.

* Officers are investigating three reports of identity theft.

A resident in the 4000 block of Beecher Court reported someone used personal information to file a tax return between Jan. 1 and Aug. 12.

The crime was reported at 4:19 p.m. Aug. 12.

A resident in the 5000 block of Johnstown Road reported someone usedpersonal information to file a tax return between Jan. 1 and Aug. 12.

The crime was reported at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 12.

A resident in the 7000 block of Tumblebrook Drive reported someone used personal information to open a Sunglass Hut credit card between Aug. 4 and Aug. 7.

The crime was reported at 6 p.m. Aug. 7.

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