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Reynoldsburg: Couple 'returns the favor' by robbing elderly woman

Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:52 AM

An 83-year-old woman was robbed by two people who knocked on her door at 8 a.m. Aug. 14 in the 7800 block of Meadowlark Lane, Reynoldsburg police say.

She told police that when she answered the door, a man told her he needed to use her phone because his wife was ill. The woman let both the man and his wife into her house to use the phone and the bathroom, then both asked for her phone number so "they could return the favor," according to the report.

The woman said her phone rang later and the caller said he was with her bank and needed her security PIN. She told the caller she did not remember it and called police.

The woman said she looked inside her purse, which was on a chair when the couple was in her house, and discovered that $60 and her bank card were missing.

In other recent Reynoldsburg police reports:

* A man reported he was driving north on Rosehill Road at East Livingston Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 12 when a group of juveniles standing behind a wooden sign threw rocks at his truck, shattering the windshield and denting the body of the vehicle.

He described one member of the group of juveniles as male, black and with a red strip in his hair.

The reporting officer said a witness to the incident came to the police station to report that a young black girl, approximately 13 years old, had thrown the rock that hit the man's windshield.

Officers located the group in the 1800 block of Pickering Drive and arrested the boy with the red strip in his hair for criminal damaging and obstructing official business. One of the juvenile suspects, who denied involvement, stated the boy who was arrested had been throwing rocks at cars for weeks and was known to vandalize the neighborhood, according to the report.

* A man snatched cartons of cigarettes worth $170 at 9 a.m. Aug. 15 from a business in the 6300 block of East Main Street.

The store manager told police the man asked for the cigarettes, then grabbed them from the manager while he was ringing up the purchase. The man fled the store and pedaled away on a red mountain bike, traveling north on Brice Road.

The manager described the man as white, about 6-feet tall, with a thin build and tattoos on his legs, forearms and hands. He was wearing black shorts, a hat and a sweatshirt.

* A woman said someone found a key she had hidden outside to her apartment Aug. 16, entered her residence in the 6800 block of Greenleaf Drive and stole an Xbox 360 and 18 games. She told the reporting officer a bag of baby clothes also was taken, along with $20 in change from a jar on the kitchen counter.

* A woman told police her son had been bitten by a neighbor's dog Aug. 13 in the 9300 block of Huggins Lane. The boy told police he noticed the neighbor's gate was open and a small dog was loose, but when he tried to go to the house to let the neighbor know, the dog, a Yorkshire terrier, jumped up and bit his arm.

The reporting officer said the boy had a puncture on his arm and scratches.

The officer spoke with the neighbor, who told him he was taking care of the animal and not the owner, but he would provide the dog's shot records. The officer told the man the dog would need to be quarantined for 10 days.

* Police were able to track down and arrest two alleged shoplifters based on the description of the getaway vehicle at about 3:39 a.m. Aug. 13.

The two allegedly attempted to rob a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road. An employee said he saw the men enter the business with an empty backpack and try to leave with a full one. When they were confronted, the men dropped the backpack in the parking lot and took off in a silver 1999 Suzuki.

Inside the backpack were packages of men's socks, crew shirts, underwear, a two-way radio and a speaker. The items were valued at a total $100.69.

Officers drove around looking for the car and found it driving around a parking lot in the 1500 block of Davidson Drive. The men were charged with petty theft and released on a summons.

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