Powell/Olentangy area: Officers have hands full with vehicle break-ins
The Powell Police Department was busy with multiple vehicle break-ins last week.
Officers responded June 17 to four thefts from vehicles on Ridge Side Drive. According to reports, officers received multiple calls from the area around midnight regarding items missing from vehicles parked in driveways. Items worth more than $2,000 were reported stolen from four vehicles, including $170 worth of gift cards, a designer purse, a day planner, cash and debit and credit cards.
Another break-in was reported June 19. By smashing the window on the front passenger side of a vehicle parked in the 100 block of Valley Run Drive, thieves were able to make off with a purse and its contents, which included $235 in cash, reports said.
A Powell business owner reported June 19 that after leaving his vehicle unattended between 9 and 11:30 a.m., someone took the trailer that was attached to it. The trailer, parked in the 100 block of West Olentangy Street, held $1,150 in painting equipment, including two ladders and five paint carts, reports said.
On June 21, thieves targeted vehicles parked in neighboring driveways in the 600 block of Old Pond Lane. At 2:30 a.m., a wallet, a grocery bag filled with toiletries, $23 cash and a cigar box containing loose change were stolen from two vehicles, reports said. Two men were listed as suspects in the report, but the victims chose not to press charges.
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office was called June 13 to investigate two thefts from unlocked vehicles parked in the 3000 block of Hidden Cove Circle in Lewis Center.
In one report, $2,452 worth of items were listed as stolen between 10 p.m. June 12 and 7:30 a.m. the next day, including a laptop computer, a GPS unit, a tablet computer and a computer case. A neighbor reported that during the same time, change from the vehicle's console and a pair of designer sunglasses were taken.
In other recent sheriff's reports:
* An alarm set off at an office building led deputies to the first block of Green Meadows Drive in Lewis Center at 9:30 p.m. May 28. According to reports, nothing was stolen, but an office was ransacked.
* Three laptop computers and a 40-inch television were reported stolen May 30 from a home in the 1000 block of Woodbridge Drive in Lewis Center. Reports said the front door was forced open to allow access to the $5,661 worth of electronics.
* A Westerville woman reported her purse was stolen from the beach at Alum Creek State Park, 3615 S. Old State Road, at 2 p.m. June 12. Inside the stolen purse were the victim's cellphone, debit card and driver's license, reports said.
* A Cincinnati resident reported personal checks and golf clubs valued at $1,000 were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in the 2000 block of Tucker Trail in Lewis Center between 10 p.m. June 8 and 8:30 a.m. June 9. Reports said thieves entered the locked vehicle by breaking the passenger-side window.