Foot race, car chase end in arrests of two men
A footrace became a car chase when Reynoldsburg police officers pursued two armed men at 8:56 p.m. Feb. 6 after they allegedly robbed the Family Dollar store at 7770 E. Main St.
Reynoldsburg police reported officers chased the two suspects as they fled into a trailer park behind the store, then got into a white Chevrolet Impala.
The reporting officer said he parked his cruiser to block the trailer park exit, but the driver of the Chevrolet accelerated around the passenger side of the cruiser and sped onto East Main Street. He said by the time he got to East Main, the Impala was out of sight, but a witness pointed him northbound to Waggoner Road and he followed the vehicle as it turned onto Rodebaugh. The car crashed into a tree just west of Daugherty Drive.
"The vehicle was occupied by two males," the officer wrote in the report. "The males were removed from the vehicle at gunpoint and taken into custody."
The officer said one of the men was 20 years old and asked police to call his mother.
Officers searched the scene with a K-9 unit and found an unloaded 32-caliber H&R Gardner handgun under a trash bag. The gun was test-fired Feb. 7 and was found not to be in working order, police said.
Both men were arrested but the robbery is still under investigation.
In other recent Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:
* A resident reported a burglary at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 6 at his residence in the 1600 block of Stouder Drive. Police said someone broke the glass in the upper part of a side door to open a dead bolt and chain lock, then took a television set, jewelry, a Wii system and a Hewlett Packard laptop computer.
* A school resource officer reported he had to restrain a female student who was fighting with another student at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Avenue campus, after she punched the cafeteria door. The officer said he had to secure both of the girl's arms behind her back and place her up against the hallway wall before she would calm down and go to the office. Both involved students were charged with disorderly conduct in a school zone through Franklin County Juvenile Court.
* In another incident at the Livingston Avenue campus at 10:33 a.m. Feb. 5, the school resource officer said two female students began yelling at each other, then fighting, so he had to restrain one of students and take her out of the cafeteria as she continued to yell and scream.
He said a school staff member escorted the other student to the office. The girl he had to restrain was charged with disorderly conduct in a school zone through the Franklin County Juvenile Court.
* Police responded to an alarm call Jan. 31 at an apartment complex in the 8100 block of Artesian Way. The reporting officer said entry was made into the home through a screened porch, via a rear window.
He said the only room that appeared to be disturbed was the master bedroom, where a dresser drawer was removed, a table knocked over and a closed was found in disarray.
Police followed footprints in the snow out the back patio screen door and north along a retention pond, to a break in the fence dividing the complexes adjacent to the 2300 block of Hoover Road. The burglary attempt is under investigation.
* A man reported his storage locker was burglarized between 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at his residence in the 1300 block of Briarcliff Drive. He told police a Chicago-Electric Wire Feed Welder worth $500, multiple DVDs and VCR movies valued at $300 were taken. The locker has been burglarized twice before, he told police.