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Pickerington: Officers nab two men on theft, drug charges

Pickerington police arrested two men on theft and drug charges Jan. 6 after the pair reportedly stole items from a local business.

Police were called to the business in the 100 block of Postage Drive at 1:57 p.m. on a report of two men stealing items.

When officers arrived they found the suspects -- a 37-year-old Westerville man and a 25-year-old Columbus man -- in a vehicle in the business' parking lot.

While searching for stolen items the officers uncovered drug paraphernalia.

The 37-year-old was charged with theft, possession of drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

The 25-year-old was charged with the theft and possession of drug abuse instruments.

In other recent Pickerington police reports:

• Two Rhode Island men, one 53 and the other 30, were charged with disorderly conduct by public intoxication after officers found, at different times, sleeping outside a business in the 1700 block of Hill Road.

Because of their level of intoxication and because no one was available to pick them, up and assure their safety, the men were taken to the fairfield County jail according to reports.

• A 28-year-old Pickerington man was arrested at 4:08 a.m. in the first block of Cross Street Jan. 1 and charged with domestic violence and assault after an altercation with his fiance.

Reports said the man was taken to the police station and later transported to the Fairfield County jail

• Officers responded at 12:59 p.m. Jan. 1 to reports of several cars that had their tires slashed in the 400 block of Yale Circle.

Reports said eight cars had their tires slashed.

• The owner of an apartment complex in the 200 block of Center Street told police at 2:11 p.m. jan. 11 he has been having problems with people who are not residents of the complex, dumping trash into the dumpster that is to be used by residents.

The man told police he saw occupants of a vehicle dump two bags of trash into the dumpster and he provided the vehicle's license plate number.

Reports said officers were unable to locate a phone number for the registered owner of the vehicle to follow up with him. The apartment complex owner told police he wants to file charges against the culprits.

• Representatives from a business in the 1500 block of Stonecreek Drive South reported at 10:39 a.m. Jan. 2 an employee has been stealing wine.

When questioned by officers the 26-year-old Pickerington man confessed he had stolen eight bottles, valued at $225, during the past few weeks.

Reports said the man was issued a citation at the scene and released with a mandatory court date in Pickerington mayor's court.

• Representatives of a business in the 1500 block of Stonecreek Drive reported at 4:05 p.m. Jan. 4 and woman and two people with her stole a puppy from the store.

The suspects fled before officers were able to arrive.

• A man reported his wallet was stolen from his unlocked vehicle at 11:33 a.m. Jan. 5 in the 400 block of Sycamore Drive.

• A woman's purse was stolen from a van that had been broken into at 12:13 p.m. Jan. 5 in the 200 block of Diley Road.

When the victim called financial institutions credit cards had been stolen she was told that one unauthorized charge for $39 had already been made at a gas station in Columbus.

• A 31-year-old Columbus man and a 45-year-old Tennessee man were issued no trespass orders at 6:04 p.m. jan. 5 at a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

The columbus man was also issued a criminal citation for theft for attempting to leave the business with tester bottles of perfume, worth $152, for which he had not paid.

• A resident of the 1000 block of Milford Drive reported at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 6 her vehicle had been entered and miscellaneous items stolen.

• A woman stole jewelry worth $269.48 from a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive.

The business' loss prevention personnel told police they witnessed the woman conceal the jewelry and then leave without paying for the items.

Reports said officers were unable to locate the vehicle in which the woman left the premises.

• Officers were called at 7:10 a.m. Jan. 6 to a business in the 1800 block of Winderly Lane on a report of a vehicle break during which tools were stolen.