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Man blames theft of DVDs on hard times

Wednesday March 13, 2013 12:44 PM

A man arrested for allegedly trying to steal almost $468 worth of DVDs from a store on Taylor Road told police he took the items because, "Times are tough."

According to police, a loss-prevention officer at the store reported seeing the man walk into the electronics department at approximately 3:20 p.m. March 1 and place several DVDs underneath a towel in a shopping cart.

The officer said he followed the man through the store and saw him put the DVDs in a reusable store bag and attempt to leave the store without paying for them. He was able to stop the man and detain him until police arrived.

Police reports said the same man was arrested for theft in 2011 for attempting to steal $274 worth of DVDs from the same store.

In other police reports:

* A Reynoldsburg resident reported March 1 that the rear passenger door of her vehicle had been scratched between 2:45 and 3:10 p.m. while the vehicle was parked in the lot of a business in the 8400 block of East Main Street.

* The front vent window on the passenger side was broken out of a vehicle parked in a restaurant lot in the 2300 block of Taylor Square Drive between 6:50 and 8:35 p.m. March 1. The owner told police a laptop computer and his checkbook were stolen.

* A woman was cited for petty theft March 2 after she allegedly left a Taylor Road store without paying for $101.02 worth of items.

* An officer on patrol in the Taylor Square parking lot at 4:34 p.m. March 2 was alerted to a possible disturbance in one of the stores and later spoke with a loss-prevention officer who said she had stopped a woman who left the store without paying for $29.98 worth of items. Police cited the woman into Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court.

* Police charged a man with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at 8:02 p.m. March 2 after an officer stopped him for weaving on Rosehill Road near East Main Street. According to police, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car.

When asked, the driver said he had a bag of marijuana. Police reported finding the marijuana, a digital scale and a grinder containing what appeared to be marijuana residue in the vehicle.

* A resident in the 8300 block of Clear Path Road reported March 3 he had been out of town and when he returned, he found the back window of his 2001 Chevrolet van had been shot out.

* Both the driver and a passenger were cited March 5 after police stopped a Chevrolet Cavalier on Graham Road north of Palmer Road at 9:37 p.m. Police reported seeing the car make an illegal turn onto Graham from Livingston Avenue. During questioning, a passenger said there was an open container of alcohol under the seat.

Officers searched the vehicle and also reported finding a pipe with suspected marijuana residue in it. The driver was cited for turning at intersections. The passenger was cited for open container, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

* A resident in the 1300 block of Briarcliff Road reported finding the door to his apartment kicked in at 6:29 p.m. March 6. Officers said four distinct footprints were visible on the door. Nothing appeared to be missing from the apartment.

* A man was cited for theft March 6 for allegedly stealing ink cartridges from a store in the Taylor Square shopping center.

* Police received a report at 2:08 p.m. March 7 that a man's cell phone had been stolen from where he works in the 6000 block of Livingston Avenue. The phone was valued at $800.

* More than $3,400 worth of tools were reported stolen from a 2002 GMC van overnight March 7 while it was parked in a hotel lot on Taylor Road. The driver told police the van is a work vehicle; some of the missing tools were his and some belonged to his company.

According to police reports, this is the second time tools were reported stolen from the van. The first incident occurred in February while the vehicle was parked in the same hotel lot.

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