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Northwest Side: Stolen cell phone used to send inappropriate messages

Tuesday February 4, 2014 12:12 PM

A 32-year-old Slaton Court woman, called Columbus police at 8:34 p.m. Jan. 28 for help with a disturbing situation.

The victim said her cell phone was stolen in July, and her carrier had assured her whoever had taken the device would not be able to use it.

Since then, however, she said someone has been sending text messages that include "very sexual inappropriate things" to people on her contact list.

Most recently, the victim said her sister reported that the sister's 11-year-old daughter, had been contacted by someone using her aunt's phone and asking her to send a picture of herself.

In other recent Northwest Side police reports:

* A Creve Couer Lane woman said a $500 "negotiable instrument" and a food stamp card were stolen from her purse while she entertained guests, according to a report the victim filed at 10:35 a.m.Jan. 28.

The woman said the theft of the items, as well as her driver's license, occurred between noon Jan. 21 and noon Jan. 27.

* A 32-year-old Maplewood Avenue man said someone wrote a "racially motivated, derogatory word" on his rolling toolbox between 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and 7 the following morning.

The incident took place in the 7200 block of Sawmill Road, according to the report. The tool chest is valued at $200, the victim noted.