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Pickerington: Dropped cellphone helps police ID theft suspect

Pickerington police said a cell phone dropped by a man who was carrying stolen items while running from an area store helped them to identify him.

Officers were called to a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive at 1:29 p.m. March 1 on a report of a theft in progress. When they arrived, they saw the business' loss prevention personnel chasing a man who was running toward the back of the building.

Store employees told police the man had discarded some of the stolen items as he was running and he dropped a cell phone as well.

While officers were getting statements, the cell phone started ringing.

Officers said a woman who identified herself as the suspect's wife was the caller. She came to the store and took possession of a vehicle the suspect had been driving and provided officers with his name and address.

The woman viewed a video and confirmed the man shown leaving the store was, in fact, her husband.

Reports said the man also is wanted on a felony warrant filed by the Fairfield County Sheriff's office.

In other police reports:

* A Cincinnati man told police a $10,000 measuring device was stolen from his vehicle.

The man said his vehicle was parked in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane and he discovered at 8:16 a.m. Feb. 28 someone had broken the rear passenger window and stolen a black tool box which contained the measuring device.

Police reports said another vehicle in the lot had its window broken, but nothing was stolen.

The business where the vehicles were parked provided a video that shows the suspect's vehicle, according to reports.

* A resident of the 700 block of Brighton Street reported someone he knows entered his home Feb. 28 without permission and stole an older model X-Box video game system and an iPhone 4.

He said neither of the electronic devices worked properly and there were already pending charges on the suspect for a previous theft.

He also told police the suspect had borrowed a car from another resident of the house and he must have used the keys on the same key ring to enter the home.

* A Gahanna woman told police at 1:46 p.m. Feb. 28 someone had broken the front passenger window of her vehicle and stolen her purse, which contained several credit cards and approximately $300 cash.

At the time of the report, it was unknown if any of the credit cards had been used.

Officers were provided with video of the parking lot in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane and it shows a possible suspect vehicle.

* A Missouri man reported at 11:30 a.m. March 2 someone broke the passenger side window of his truck and stole several tools while the vehicle was parked at a business in the 1800 Hill Road North. The value of the items taken was approximately $900.

* Officers were called to the first block of Knights Bridge Drive West at 1:44 p.m. March 4 on a report of a burglary in progress.

Reports said a house-sitter called police after the back door was kicked open. Police searched the house, but did not find anyone inside at the time.

Reports said a witness statement was left for the homeowner to fill out when she returned home that evening. Jewelry and a handgun may have been stolen, but the homeowner has yet confirmed those losses, according to police.

* A 42-year-old Columbus woman was arrested and charged with the theft of several items of clothing at 4:42 p.m. March 4 in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

Reports said the woman was stopped by store employees who told police they had confronted the woman outside the store and she refused to go back inside. Officers found her in the parking lot as she was attempting to get into her vehicle.

Reports said she was later released with a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

* A woman and three men were arrested at 8:59 p.m. March 4 in the 100 block of Postage Drive after officers on routine patrol were flagged down by a person who reported a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a business.

The man told police he was concerned about the vehicle because of several recent vehicle break-ins in the parking lot.

When an officer pulled up behind the vehicle and checked the license plate, police radio room dispatchers advised him that a business had just called to report a theft and that a female suspect had gotten into the passenger side of the vehicle about which police were inquiring.

The officer stopped the vehicle and a 25-year-old Galloway woman was arrested for the theft from the business. She was later released with a pending court date in Fairfield County Municipal Court.

Officers also found instruments in the vehicle used to smoke and inject heroin. They charged the woman and three men -- ages 24, 24 and 28 -- with possession of drug abuse instruments.

* An electric ice chest and a mountain bike were reported missing from a garage in the 400 block of Hillview Street. The resident told police at 10:34 a.m. March 6 when he arrived home he discovered the items missing

There were no signs of forced entry, according to reports.

The man later reported he found his ice chest inside the residence, but the mountain bike is still missing

* Police were called to a business in the 100 block of Hill Road North at 2:23 p.m. March 6 on a report of a theft. Loss-prevention personnel provided officers with a description and license plate number of a vehicle and they also provided photos and a description of the suspect who had concealed two Bluray DVD movies and left the store without paying for the items.