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Alert neighbor stops men's attempt to break into house

A city resident told police someone attempted to break into a house in her neighborhood by kicking in a window.

The woman told police about 11 a.m. Nov. 26 she saw two men by the side of a house in the 7700 block of Astra Circle. She said one of the men was kicking backward to break the window, then stopped when she made eye contact with them.

She said the two men fled the house, then split up and walked in different directions. They returned to a car parked in front of her house and drove away.

The woman told the reporting officer the men were wearing black hoodies and said the car was a small, white sedan, possibly a Hyundai, missing a gas cap door.

The officer said there was no damage to the window of the house and no entry was gain-ed.

The owner of the house told police his wife and sister left the home a little before 11 a.m., so it was possible the suspects saw them leave and attempted to break in because they thought no one was home, according to the report.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Officers responded to a burglary complaint at 8:42 p.m. Nov. 26 in the 8200 block of Clear Path Drive, where a resident said someone broke out the lower-level sliding glass door to her apartment and went through it, displacing items.

The officer said several items appeared out of place in the middle-level living room and master bedroom.

• Police arrested Jermaine Sha-Quan Westbrook, 20, last known address on Urban Drive in Columbus, on felony charges of motor vehicle theft at 12:58 a.m. Nov. 25. Officers stopped the pickup truck he was driving at Brice Road and East Livingston Avenue and discovered it had been reported stolen from a Whitehall resident.

The reporting officer said the blue Dodge Ram pickup truck had only one headlight and a prohibited window tint, which is why a traffic stop was initiated.

According to the Reynoldsburg police report, Westbrook claimed he rented the vehicle from a man known only as "Reuben."

Whitehall police officers arrived on the scene and said the vehicle had been stolen after it was left running in the 900 block of Rosemore Avenue.

Westbrook was transported to the Franklin County jail.

• A woman reported her laptop computer and her son's guitar were stolen Nov. 25 from her home in the 300 block of Jonell Lane. She told police she lives with her adult sons and that someone is stealing items from her house. The incident is under investigation.

• A woman told police she suspects an ex-domestic partner stole her video-game console and three games, plus a piece of artwork, before 4:03 p.m. Nov. 22 from her residence in the 7900 block of Truman Trail.

She said her ex-partner moved out of the home the same day.

She said police had responded to several domestic disturbances at the home, so she and the domestic partner decided the partner should move out.

She told the officer that none of the items could be considered shared property.

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