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Lewis Center/Powell: Sheriff's deputies hunt down late-night scavengers

Sheriff's reports

A Liberty Township woman called the Delaware County Sheriff's Office to report two suspicious individuals with flashlights before learning they were conducting a scavenger hunt.

A woman reported suspicious activity between 2:45 and 3 a.m. June 29 in the 600 block of Winter Road after her son saw two people with flashlights walking around a horse barn. After her son yelled at the suspects, they took off running into nearby woods, according to sheriff's reports.

Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and found nothing was stolen or damaged, reports said. Deputies later found the two men, who said they were playing a scavenger hunt game and had no idea they were on private property, according to sheriff's reports.

The homeowner declined to press charges but had deputies tell the men they were not welcome on her property, reports said.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

• Deputies responded to an alarm shortly before 12:15 a.m. June 27 at a business in the 400 block of Orange Point Drive in Lewis Center. After arriving, deputies found that an unknown suspect had forced open two interior doors and had stolen $786 in cash, according to sheriff's reports.

Damage to the doors was estimated at $1,000, reports said.

• A man reported an attempted burglary occurred between 9 a.m. June 25 and 4:30 p.m. June 28 in the 5700 block of Ludington Drive in Lewis Center. An unknown suspect caused $1,600 worth of damage to basement windows, according to sheriff's reports.

• A woman reported a suspicious person was in the 7600 block of Holderman Street in Lewis Center between midnight and 12:30 a.m. June 28. A deputy arrived and arrested Manuel De Jesus Arreola Ochoa, 28, no address reported, for felonious assault, a fifth-degree felony; operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor; and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to sheriff's reports.


• Powell police responded to a report of a possible arson that occurred between 8:30 p.m. June 29 and 6:30 a.m. June 30 in the 300 block of Village Park Drive.

After arriving on the scene, officers discovered a propane tank someone had attempted to set on fire, as well as melted bottles and a burnt piece of wood, according to police reports.