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Reynoldsburg: Windows broken in five cars parked at business

Saturday April 20, 2013 6:31 PM

Windows in five cars were broken April 9 while the vehicles were parked at a business in the 2400 block of Taylor Square Drive.

In one instance, the driver's side window of a car was broken between 6 and 7 p.m. A woman told police a book bag containing her 8-year-old daughter's school books was stolen.

Police reported four other vehicles had windows broken during the same evening in the same location. A bag containing clothes and a purse containing money and credit cards were stolen from two of the cars.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

* A woman told police a man tried to run her down with his car April 7 in the parking lot of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension, but both the driver and a witness said she was talking on a cell phone at the time and not paying attention to where she was walking.

The woman admitted she was on the phone when she crossed into a walkway, but said she made eye contact with the driver before proceeding forward. She said the vehicle did not stop and she had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit.

The woman said she was so upset that she kicked the car, according to police. She said the driver then got out of the car and yelled for her to get off the phone.

The reporting officer said the driver of the vehicle met him at the police department and said he suddenly saw a woman in front of his car and had to swerve to avoid hitting her. He said he got out of the car when she kicked it and told her to "get off the phone and pay attention," according to the report.

The officer said he also spoke with a witness who said the woman walked into the middle of the road without looking while she talked on the phone.

* A shoplifter refused to surrender her purse and took a bite out of a loss prevention officer before fleeing from a business in the 2400 block of Taylor Park Drive with several stolen items April 5.

Officers were called to the business at 8:33 p.m., where the loss prevention officer told police he attempted to stop a "repeat theft suspect" after he saw her conceal several items in a black purse. She pushed him out of the way "while spitting on him," according to the report.

He told police that when he grabbed the woman's purse, she bit him, then ran to her vehicle. Police said about $64 worth of stolen clothes were found in the purse, but the woman got away with at least one shirt of unknown value.

* A resident in the 6700 block of Laird Avenue reported a large amount of money was missing from his daughter's piggy bank.

He told police he has, for several years, placed large amounts of currency in $10 to $50 bills in his daughter's pink piggy bank. He said he recounted the money in the piggy bank March 29 and noticed that $550 was missing.

* A man told police his silver MacBook Pro computer worth $2,500 was stolen between 9:15 and 9:20 a.m. April 6 from a private room in a business in the 1400 block of Brice Road. He said he left the computer in the room while he went outside to smoke a cigarette. When he returned, the computer was missing.

The reporting officer said he checked security camera footage and the backpack of a man who was sitting near the private room, but the footage did not show anyone leaving with a computer.

* Three officers struggled to arrest a man charged with criminal trespass April 8 at a business in the 1700 block of Brice Road. The reporting officer said he arrived to assist two other officers, who were trying to handcuff a man who refused to leave a business where he had been found guilty of trespass.

"I grabbed (the man's) left arm and pulled it from under his body ... he kept his body as dead weight and would not comply with verbal commands," the officer wrote in the report. The officers finally managed to take the man into custody and transport him to the police station.

* Police reported two cars were broken into between 6:30 and 6:35 p.m. April 9 at a business in the 1400 block of Waggoner Road. The reporting officer said someone broke the side window of a Honda van and the side window of a Jeep.

Nothing was taken from either vehicle, even though items of value were in plain sight, police said. The reporting officer said he viewed a video of the parking lot, which showed three white men getting out of a dark-colored sedan and going to the area of the damaged vehicles. He said the video quality was too poor to get the license plate number of the sedan.

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