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Thieves waste no time spending with stolen credit cards

A Baltimore man reported to Pickerington police at 6:54 p.m. Feb. 7 his wallet had been stolen from a business in the 2100 block of Yarmouth Drive while he was exercising.

The man told police when he contacted his credit card company, they advised him the card had already been used at Get Go in Pickerington for a purchase of more than $500.

Reports said several gift cards and the victim's Social Security card were also in the wallet.

The city of Pickerington's Human Resources director reported at 9:58 a.m. Feb. 11 the credit card provided to her by the city was being used fraudulently in Texas.

Reports said there had been a total amount of $317 charged on the credit card and a claim has been filed with the credit card company.

A resident of the 300 block of East Columbus Street reported at 4:34 p.m. Feb. 13 someone had used her credit card number online to purchase an item from a store in the amount of $645.90.

The woman told police she was in possession of her credit card and is not sure how someone got the number.

Reports said the credit card has been canceled and the business did refund the charges to her account.

Four 20-year-old women were arrested in connection with theft from a business at 7:40 Friday, Feb. 8 in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

Reports said the business' loss prevention personal watched the four females conceal several clothing items and jewelry and then leave without paying for the items.

Two of the women were detained by store personnel just outside the store, but the other two sped off in a vehicle when confronted, according to reports.

Reports said all four subjects were eventually stopped and arrested. They were all taken to the police station and later released with a pending court dated in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

A 31-year-old Pickerington man was issued a citation for disturbing the peace and ordered to appear in Mayor's Court after a fight at 1:58 a.m. Feb. 9 at Classics Sports Bar, 12981 Stonecreek Drive North.

Reports said when police arrived they saw the 31-year-old punching another man who was lying on the ground.

The victim was transported by a Violet Township Fire Department medic -- at his request -- to a local hospital.

A 38-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, both of Pataskala, were arrested for theft at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 9 after being detained by loss prevention personnel at a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

Reports said officers were called by loss prevention personnel who said they had two suspects and their small child in their office. The store employees said the man and woman had reportedly attempted to steal several items of clothing and bath towels.

The pair and their young daughter were transported to the police station. They were later released with a pending court date in Pickerington Mayor's Court

A 48-year-old Pickerington woman was arrested for theft at 2:48 p.m. Feb. 11 after being detained by loss prevention personnel at a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

Reports said the woman was stopped after reportedly attempting to steal more than $200 worth of clothing.

She was later released with a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

A Baltimore man reported his vehicle was broken into while it was parked at a business in the 1100 block of Hill Road North at 8:02 p.m. Feb. 11.

The man said his global positioning system, a camera, credit cards and more than $200 cash were stolen from the vehicle.

A Pittsburgh, Pa., man reported at 8:02 a.m. Feb. 12 someone had broken the window of his vehicle while it was parked at a business in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane.

The only thing the man could determine was missing was a briefcase containing work materials, which were later located in a parking lot and returned.

A resident of the 700 block of Brighton Street reported jewelry missing from his residence at 6:13 p.m. Feb. 12.

The man told police the jewelry was kept on the night stand beside his bed and he last saw it there a week before Christmas.

Two local businesses in the 1200 block of Hill Road North reported to police at 11:12 p.m. Feb. 12 they had been broken into. Both businesses reported someone had pried open the back door to gain entry.

One business reported nothing was believed to have been stolen and employees believe their audible alarm scared off intruders.

The second business reported someone stole $600 cash and a tablet computer from the store.

The manager of a business in the 1100 block of Hill Road North reported at 9:19 a.m. Feb. 13 someone had painted a phrase on the back of the building with blue spray paint.

Reports said photos were taken of the damage.

Representatives of a business in the 1100 block of Hill Road North reported at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 13 they had received a counterfeit $10 bill sometime over the weekend.

Reports said employees were not sure when they received the counterfeit bill. The money was confiscated as evidence.

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