Car chase ends near school; driver escapes
A car thief led a Delaware County Sheriff's deputy and an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer on a car chase Sept. 27 through Lewis Center.
According to sheriff's reports, a vehicle that made an erratic turn onto South Old State Road from East Powell Road at 2:53 a.m. that day caught a deputy's attention. Reports said he turned to pursue the car and noticed that the highway patrol officer also was following the vehicle. When the vehicle turned onto Orange Road, both officers attempted to stop the driver by using their lights and sirens. Reports said the driver did not pull over and instead turned onto Blue Holly Road.
At the intersection of Holderman Street and Blue Holly Road, the driver jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving. While the driver fled, the vehicle continued moving until it came to rest in front of Glen Oak Elementary School.
Reports said the driver of the vehicle, a stolen 2009 Chevrolet, could not be located.
In other sheriff's reports:
* An office employee at Kingwood Memorial Park, 8230 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center, called the sheriff's office Oct. 2 to report a gun had been left at the front entrance overnight. Reports said the handgun was accompanied by a note that said the firearm had been stolen many years ago and the writer of the note wanted to return it. The gun had not been reported stolen, so it was placed into the property room at the sheriff's office, reports said.
Powell police are waiting on a grand jury Indictment to arrest a cleaner who reportedly admitted to stealing gold jewelry from a residence in the 500 block of Stream Isle Drive.
Reports said a 22-karat gold necklace, a 14-karat gold ring and a class ring were taken from the house between July 8 and Sept. 20. The homeowners listed their two house cleaners as suspects in the report because they noticed that after the house had been cleaned, items in a jewelry box were consistently out of place.
The first house cleaner who was questioned allegedly admitted she sold the items to a cash-for-gold store for $835. The officer was able to locate where the gold ring and necklace ended up, but reports said the items already had been melted down. The heirloom class ring remains missing, reports said.
In other Powell police reports:
* On Sept. 27, someone attempted to break in to a government office in the 200 block of West Olentangy Street. Reports said the northwest wall of the office was smashed in after hours. Damage to the property was estimated at $200.
* Recreational equipment worth $941 was reported stolen from a residence in the 200 block of Winter Hill Place. Reports said a skateboard, three surfboards, six tennis rackets and two racquetball rackets were taken from an attached garage between 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15.
* Surveillance video from 6:24 p.m. Oct. 13 captured a man stealing a sign from a business in the 100 block of West Olentangy Street. Reports listed the plastic sign's value as $200.