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Powell/Lewis Center: Scam involved homeless man, cellphone accounts

Sheriff's reports

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies arrested two Michigan men last week who were reportedly scamming area businesses.

The men picked up a man from a Columbus homeless shelter, gave him $20 to open cellphone accounts at area stores and then sold the phones, reports said.

Two suspects, Jason R. Drennon, 38, of Westland, Mich., and Richard J. Snyder II, 27, of Highland, Mich., were arrested about 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at a business in the 8600 block of Columbus Pike in Lewis Center, according to sheriff's reports. Both were charged with theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt behavior, reports said.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

• An employee of a business in the 8600 block of Columbus Pike in Lewis Center reported a theft that occurred between midnight and 12:05 a.m. Feb. 28. The employee said cash registers were pried open and $1,800 was stolen.

• A contractor reported a theft that occurred between 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at a house under construction in the 1400 block of Kearney Way in Liberty Township.

The man said three ladders valued at $1,200 and five rolls of housing wrap valued at $1,000 were taken from the work site.

• A woman reported her purse was stolen from her car between Feb. 10 and 14 when it was parked at a business in the first block of Neverland Drive in Lewis Center. The purse and a phone valued at $500 were stolen from the car, according to sheriff's reports.

An unknown suspect has used credit cards stolen in the incident since the initial crime occurred, reports said.

• A man living in the 3100 block of Autumn Applause Drive reported his identity was stolen between 6 a.m. Feb. 26 and 7:15 p.m. Feb. 28. His credit card was used at several locations in Columbus, according to reports.


A Columbus man contacted Powell police last week to report a piece of construction equipment had been stolen and damaged in Powell.

The man told police a skid steer was stolen off the street between noon Feb. 26 and 9 a.m. Feb. 27 in the 4000 block of West Powell Road.

The vehicle, which had been damaged, was recovered Feb. 27 in the 3200 block of Home Road, police said. There are no suspects at this time.