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Northland: Robber escapes with laptop computer and lunch

A woman lost her laptop computer and her lunch when a man asking for directions robbed her in the 600 block of Worthington Forest Place at 7 a.m. April 25.

The 29-year-old victim told officers the incident took place in front of her home. She said she was about to get into her car to go to work when a man approached and asked her how to get to Indianola Avenue. He then grabbed her purse and the bag containing her $300 computer.

The woman said she screamed and fought with the man. Another woman out walking her dog also yelled and ran over to help, but the man was able to make off with the computer along with a plastic bag containing the victim's lunch, which she valued at $5.

In other Northland-area incident reports from the Columbus Division of Police:

* Two Forest Village Lane roommates told police at 7:50 p.m. April 26 that they had come home and found items out of place, then realized the apartment had been burglarized.

The victims said the break-in took place between noon and 5 p.m. that day. A laptop computer, tablet computer and two gaming systems, worth an estimated $2,200 were missing.

* A 21-year-old woman said three men forced their way into her Busch Boulevard apartment at 12:29 a.m. April 21 and made her open a safe. They ran off with $600 in cash and a handgun valued at $300.

* An 89-year-old woman who lives at a senior citizens complex on Karl Road contacted police at 11:15 a.m. April 23 to report that jewelry valued at $800 had been stolen from her apartment. The woman said the theft took place 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. the previous day.

* A 19-year-old Hilliard woman said she left her purse in the restroom of a gas station in the 900 block of Morse Road between 1 and 2 p.m. April 27, and by the time she realized her mistake, someone was already making fraudulent purchases with her credit card.

The purse, pink with gold trim, also contained her Social Security card. The bag was valued at $5.

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