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Northland: Alert guard thwarts thefts from parked vehicles

A security guard on duty at an East Dublin-Granville Road motel at 3:15 a.m. Aug. 24 recovered most of the items a thief tried to take from four vehicles in the parking lot.

The guard's action spared visitors from Ballson Spa, N.Y.; Louisville, Ky.; Jackson, Ohio; and Bellbrook, Ohio, from having their stays be ruined, according to a police report filed at 9:46 a.m. that same day.

The motel employee said he heard glass breaking in the parking lot and saw a man running between vehicles. He said he pursued the suspect, who dropped much of what he had taken from the cars.

The items included a bag of clothing with the tags still on them worth $1,000. Other items recovered by the security guard and left at the front desks for guests to collect as they checked out included two laptop computers and a navigation system.

In other Northland-area police reports:

* Just who was a suspect and who a victim became quite confusing in a report involving a dispute between two women that took place at 3:18 p.m. Aug. 22 at the intersection of Laurelwood Drive and Vicki Court. One of the women said the argument arose over their sons, but the other said it involved the theft of a necklace.

Each claimed the other started the fight and that they only defended themselves.

* What was initially reported as a burglary on Creek Run Drive at 9:22 p.m. Aug. 18 turned out to be a fight involving as many as four people. Police reports said officers spoke with "the listed victims, suspects and witnesses and determined there had been a large fight which was mainly mutual combat."

Officers advised all parties a report would be taken and referred them to the prosecutor's office.

* A woman armed with a Taser confronted a couple after witnessing what she said was the theft of a man's wallet. The report, filed at noon Aug. 25, said the woman was on her way to the desk at an East Dublin-Granville Road motel to pay for her room when she saw one man steal another's wallet. She said she followed the man around the corner where he met with a woman.

When she demanded he give the wallet back, the woman said the man grabbed her by the shirt and punched her in the mouth, at which point she took out the electronic device and stunned her attacker in the chest and his girlfriend in the mouth.

The man told officers he had not taken the wallet. His female companion said her boyfriend came to her rescue after she was attacked by the woman.

* A man who barged in through the back door of an East Dublin-Granville Road pizza place at 11:45 p.m. Aug. 20 threw an employee to the floor, grabbed some keys from around his neck and made off with the contents of a lockbox in which the cash from delivery drivers is kept. According to the report, he left with only $1.