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Police say pizza order may have been robbery attempt


Reynoldsburg police either thwarted a would-be robber or kept a customer from enjoying chicken wings and pizza when they responded to a "suspicious call/order" last week.

The reporting officer said he responded to the call at 10:10 p.m. Jan. 20 at a business in the 6700 block of East Main Street. An employee said he took an order for two pizzas and 44 chicken wings, totaling $48.25, but the two men who made the order by phone could at first not remember a callback number. When the employee called the number back, it was a non-working number.

The officer said he went to the address given in the order, in the first block of Postwoods Drive, to verify it. He spoke to a female resident, who said she was asleep and had not made an order. The officer wrote in the report, "It is unknown if this order was a mistake or might have been an attempt to set up another driver for a robbery."

In other recent Reynoldsburg police reports:

* Police arrested a man for public indecency at 2:10 p.m. Jan. 21 at a business in the 6400 block of East Main Street.

The reporting officer said another officer witnessed the man exposing himself inside the business. The man was transported to the Reynoldsburg Police Department for processing, served with a summons and released on his own recognizance.

The man told police he "was having problems at home with his wife and the bad economy has hurt his business."

* Police arrested a man for assault after two witnesses said they saw a woman jump out of the man's vehicle Jan. 19 at a business in the 1300 block of Hentz Drive.

The reporting officer said the woman's eye was visibly swollen. She told police the man was driving her home and they were arguing when, without warning, he punched her in the left eye, causing her to "bite down and take a chunk out of her inner right cheek." The woman said she opened the door and jumped out of the man's car and ran from the area. Another officer located the man at state Route 256 and Tussing Road and arrested him on assault and operating a vehicle under influence, reports said. The man was transported to the Franklin County jail.

* Someone hurled a cinder block through the window of a business in the 2100 block of Reynoldsburg-Baltimore Road at 2:09 a.m. Jan. 22, police reported.

The assistant manager of the business told police she saw two men on the surveillance video walk to the rear of the building, then take off running. The reporting officer said he was able to track the footprints of the men to Stoney Creek Apartments but "lost them due to lack of snow." The incident is under investigation, the officer said.

* A woman reported someone smashed the driver's-side window of her van between 3 and 3:40 p.m. Jan. 20 while she was at a park in the 6900 block of East Livingston Avenue. The woman told police her purse was stolen from the vehicle.

* A man told police someone stole his laptop computer from his company's vehicle between 10 p.m. Jan. 21 and 7:15 a.m. Jan. 22 while it was parked in the 2800 block of Taylor Road Extension. The man said he put his computer underneath the driver's seat Jan. 21, but when he came out to the car early Jan. 22, he saw the rear driver's-side window was broken and the computer was gone.

Police responded to another vehicle break-in report at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24 when a woman said someone smashed the driver's-side window of her car while it was parked in the 2600 block of the same road. She told police her MP3 player and a radio were stolen from the vehicle.