Too much shopping, not enough receipts
A Christmas Eve "misunderstanding" landed a man in jail on shoplifting charges.
According to Reynoldsburg police, the man was arrested Dec. 24 at a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension. He told police he thought his girlfriend had paid for items worth $252.74 that he rolled out of the store in a shopping cart.
A manager at the store asked the man for a receipt for the unbagged items, but he could not provide one. He told police the items were too big for bags and that it was all a misunderstanding. Police transported him to the Fairfield County jail.
In other police reports:
* Officers chased two men on a burglary-in-progress call at 11:52 a.m. Dec. 17 on Tributary Lane.
The reporting officer said the two were running between apartment buildings and dropping items as they went. One of the men stopped when another officer cornered him with a cruiser in the 8200 block of Clearpath Drive. The officer said he arrested the man on suspicion of burglary. The case is still under investigation.
* Police arrested a man for OVI, trafficking drugs and carrying a concealed weapon at 2:50 a.m. Dec. 18 at a business in the 6200 block of East Livingston Avenue. The reporting officer said he saw what looked like a "hand-to-hand drug transaction" between two men, then one of the men left in a silver Buick. An employee at the business told police a black man with long braids had pulled a handgun from under his coat and asked if he would take the gun until police left the area.
Other Reynoldsburg police units located the man in his vehicle and found marijuana packaged for sale, a digital scale and a Hi-point .40-caliber loaded handgun.
* Police were dispatched on an attempted robbery and assault case Dec. 19 at a residence in the 6300 block of Rippey Circle. A man told police he had just arrived home from work when two black males, wearing black hooded sweatshirts, ran up to him and struck him with an object on the back of the head. They also struck him above his left eye, then stuck a handgun in his face and demanded his wallet. Police said the robbery is under investigation.
* Two Bissell carpet steamers valued at $169.99 each were reported stolen at 1:38 p.m. Dec. 17 from a business in the 1900 block of Brice Road.
According to police reports, the manager of the business said someone apparently entered the store through a rear "baler door," picked up the steamers, then fled out a back door, which caused an alarm to sound. The manager said she saw someone driving away from the back parking lot in a small gold truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10.
* Police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy on theft and drug possession charges at 1 a.m. Dec. 26 in the 6500 block of Furth Avenue, after a witness saw them taking things from unlocked vehicles parked on Furth. The reporting officer said the boy carried a leather case that contained CDs, a flashlight and miscellaneous electronic items. Officers also reported finding a bag of marijuana in the boy's pants pocket.