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Police beat

Powell: Store worker claims gang membership

Extra patrol was requested from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office earlier this month in response to possible gang activity at the Walmart Supercenter on Columbus Pike in Lewis Center.

Reports said deputies were called to the store July 6 by an employee who suspected that a colleague is a gang member. When deputies arrived and questioned employees, one reportedly admitted to being a member of the Crips and said members of the rival gang the Bloods had threatened him.

The store manager asked deputies for advice on firing the self-described gang member, but reports said no action was taken against him. Because employees voiced concerns that the entire staff and customers could be affected by the gang affiliation, deputies agreed to increase patrols in the area, according to reports.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

* Items were stolen July 1 from an unlocked vehicle parked at a store in the 8000 block of Columbus Pike. A hair crimper, hair straightener, birth certificate and Social Security card were among the stolen items, reports said.

* Prescription medicines worth $500 were reported stolen between 11:26 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 6 from a vehicle parked at a home in the 4000 block of Tavistock Circle in Powell. Adderal, Xanax and Lovastatin were taken. According to reports, the theft victim is a doctor.

* The rear driver's-side window was broken out of a vehicle parked in the 5000 block of Woodbridge Avenue in Powell between noon July 7 and 7:54 a.m. July 8, reports said. Reported missing from inside the vehicle were a computer bag and a calculator valued at $50.