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Olentangy/Powell: Partiers had OK to use empty house, police find

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Powell police officers spent time investigating a breaking and entering last week, only to learn the suspects had permission to be in a home in the 500 block of Quails End while its owners were on vacation.

Reports said the homeowners called police July 28 when they returned from vacation to find their front door was unlocked. They told police that upon entering, they noticed a drink on a table, the television in the master bedroom was turned on, a cigar sat next to the indoor pool and a wet towel was left behind in one of the bedrooms.

During the investigation, police learned that photos of a house party that reportedly began at the residence were posted to Twitter and Instagram at 11:18 p.m. July 27.

According to reports, those who posted the pictures and family members of the homeowners were questioned by officers. During the questioning, reports said a detective was told by multiple people that they had been given permission to be in the house by one of the homeowners' children. The suspects said the child had given them the security code and the Wi-Fi password.

After multiple days of investigations, the report was closed following the discovery.

In other recent Powell police reports:

•Between 5 p.m. July 24 and 10 a.m. July 25, the back window of a business in the 300 block of West Olentangy Street was broken, reports said. The window was valued at $1,000 and nothing was listed as stolen.

•The front glass door of a business in the 3000 block of West Powell Road was reported broken Aug. 2. Reports said the window was broken between 4:50 and 5 a.m. and $145 in rolled change was taken from a cash register.


Sheriff's reports

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office took four reports of vandalism and criminal damaging -- two each in Lewis Center and Powell -- during the third week of July.

On July 22, "TTK" was spray-painted onto the front of a house in the 2000 block of Maxwell Avenue in Lewis Center. Reports said the red spray paint was applied between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Also in Lewis Center, in the 4000 block of Edgewater Court Drive, a homeowner reported that between 10 p.m. July 21 and 7:22 a.m. July 22, the garage had been spray-painted and that fish, cereal, yogurt and syrup had been thrown on the front door and throughout the property. Reports listed the damage to the property at $500.

Homeowners in the 1000 block of Daventry Lane in Powell had a rude awakening July 22 when they found their yard had been covered in toilet paper overnight. Reports said the vandals also ruined flowerpots and broke an estimated $500 worth of parts on the backyard pool between midnight and 8 a.m.

Finally, the back door of a home in the 5000 block of Sheffield Avenue was damaged July 23. Reports said the damage indicates someone attempted to break into the home between 11:36 a.m. and 12:58 p.m. when the owner returned.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

•Copper wiring worth $50,000 was stolen from a warehouse in the 1000 block of Peachblow Road in Lewis Center between noon July 12 and 4:15 p.m. July 24, according to reports.