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Father reports girl received inappropriate text

A Woodspring Drive resident whose daughter is in the seventh grade at McCord Middle School in Worthington contacted Columbus police Oct. 27 at 10:04 a.m. to report the girl had received an obscene text message on her cell phone.

The 49-year-old man told police the message, sent at 5:11 p.m. Oct. 26, was believed to have been from another student at the school.

The person sending the text offered to exchange a photo of his genitals for a photo of the girl's breasts, according to the father.

The man further stated that at least four other girls at the school have received similar text messages.

In other recent northwest Columbus police reports:

* A forklift valued at $3,200 was reported stolen from the 7700 block of Sawmill Road between 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2:30 p.m. the following afternoon. The forklift, a Kamatsu Skidster, belongs to Great Lakes Crushing, which is based in Willowick, according to the report.

* A burglary at a Macgregor Avenue home was reported at 10:27 a.m. Oct. 30

The victim, a 44-year-old woman, said only household items and some miscellaneous jewelry were taken.

* A Fallcreek Drive home was broken into and the $5,000 furnace stolen, according to a report filed Nov. 2 at 11:50 a.m.

The 55-year-old resident said the crime took place sometime after 3 p.m. Oct. 28.

* A 30-year-old resident of Sawdust Lane said he was home alone Oct. 29 when some men kicked open his kitchen door at 7:34 p.m. and robbed him at gunpoint.

The victim said he was forced to the floor by the robbers, who took $30 in cash and a gaming system worth $600.