Pickerington Times-Sun

Police beat

Text messages from bank alert man his wallet was stolen

A 34-year-old Canal Winchester reported to Pickerington police at 7:55 a.m. Jan. 27 someone had stolen his wallet while he was at a business in the 1100 block of Hill Road.

The man told police while he was working out he started to get text alerts from his bank stating several large purchases had been placed using one of his credit cards.

Reports said there were more than $800 in charges applied to his card at a pharmacy in Whitehall.

Police received a report at 7:35 a.m. Jan. 23 from a Maumee, Ohio, resident that his Bureau of Worker's Compensation vehicle was broken into in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane and several items were stolen, including an empty briefcase, empty computer case and some old equipment.

Reports said there are no suspects.

A real estate agent told police at 11:54 a.m. Jan. 23 a home he is listing for sale in the 400 block of Manchester Circle North was broken into and copper pipes stolen.

The man told police he was advised of the theft Jan. 18, but is not sure when the theft actually occurred.

A resident of Lewis Center reported at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the 1200 block of Hill Road North someone broke her car window to steal her purse and cell phone while she was inside Premier School picking up her child.

The woman told police her credit card was used a few minutes later at the gas station in front of the school.

A Pickerington woman reported at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23 her vehicle window had been broken and her iPhone stolen in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane.

Reports said while officers were on the scene, an employee of a business advised them her purse had also been stolen from inside the restaurant.

The woman's purse contained several credit cards, a prescription inhaler and cash.

Reports said that as the employee was attempting to cancel her credit cards, she was advised one of them had already been used at a gas station in Columbus.

The restaurant was able to provide video of the suspect taking the purse and there were a few witnesses to the theft in the parking lot, according to reports.

A 20-year-old Pickerington man was charged with drug abuse at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 24 in the 1100 block of Cambridge Way.

Reports said the man was charged after officers responded to a report of domestic violence at his address.

A caller reported the man and his brother were in an active physical altercation and could not be separated.

When officers arrived they were able to separate the two males and the 20-year-old was in possession of a small bag of marijuana which the officers discovered while searching him.

Reports said the drugs were taken into custody and placed in the evidence room and the man has a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court

Police were called to a business in the 1000 block of Hill Road North at 12:50 p.m. Jan. 26 after the store's loss prevention personnel reported they had a male in custody for shoplifting.

Reports said a 48-year-old Columbus man had been stopped after he concealed 11 bottles of liquor and walked past all points of sale without paying for the booze.

The liquor totaled more than $200, according to reports and the suspect was arrested and taken to the police station. He was later released with a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

Officers met with an employee of a business in the 1200 block of Hill Road North at 11:12 p.m. Jan. 26 in regards to a counterfeit $50 bill.

Reports said the business' employees noticed the bill was counterfeit while preparing their register statements for the evening.

The bill was taken into evidence; investigation is pending

A 52-year-old Columbus man and a 29-year-old Columbus woman were both arrested at 3:26 p.m. Jan. 27 at a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive after the store's loss prevention personnel witnessed them stealing several items of clothing.

Reports said the man was uncooperative and ran from police and loss prevention personnel.

He was detained a short time later without incident and taken to the station so police could finish filing their reports.

At that time, according to reports, it was discovered Pickerington police had arrested the man in December 2012 for a theft from the same business.

At that time the man was issued a no trespass order.

Jan. 27 he was charged with theft and criminal trespass. He has a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

Reports said the man was released to a Lancaster Police Department officer because he was wanted in that community on a warrant.

The woman was also arrested, according to reports, after admitting to Kohls employees she had concealed several shirts inside her purse.

She was with a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal court. The total amount of theft was $131 according to reports.

A resident of the 100 block of Knights Bridge Drive North reported at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28 a new Playstation3 video game console was missing from her home

The woman told police there were two people who had stayed the night and had been seen using the Playstation that morning.

Reports said the woman left the house for about an hour and when she returned the two people and the Playstation were gone.

Officers responded to a parking lot of a business in the 1000 block of Hill Road North at 3:37 p.m. Jan. 28 on the report of two people that appeared to be using heroin while in a vehicle.

When officers arrived, they approached the truck and saw a male in the driver's seat with a belt around his arm and the female passenger holding a syringe containing heroin.

Both subjects were arrested and the vehicle was searched.

Reports said officers located several used and unused syringes containing heroin, a spoon with residue and burnt aluminum foil.

Both subjects are being held in the Fairfield County Jail on felony drug charges

A business in the 1700 block of Hill Road North was robbed at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

Reports said a man entered the store, handing the cashier a note and showing a gun in his waistband.

The cashier complied and gave the suspect the money. The man then then fled on foot.

Reports said officers were unable to locate the suspect.

An employee of a bank reported at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29 that 40 to 50 feet of copper pipe had been stolen from a vacant residence in 500 block of Yale Circle.

The employee told police she went to the house to start preparing it for resale and noticed the pipe was missing from the basement.