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Reynoldsburg: Text messages lead to menacing charges

Police charged two junior high school boys with menacing, one from Baldwin Road Junior High and one from Waggoner Road Junior High, for sending threatening text messages to a girl who attends Baldwin.

The girl's father said his daughter received threatening texts at 12:03 a.m. Jan. 3 from several students who were sending group text messages that included statements such as "u should die," according to the police report.

The girl told police she had reported to her father some suicidal statements made by the older brother of one of the boys, which resulted in police transporting the older boy to Netcare for a mental health evaluation.

The reporting officer said the investigation revealed one of the boys had started the group post and that another boy and another girl had responded to the post with threatening messages.

Police said the girl who sent the response to the group text may be charged after her text, which was photographed by the school, is viewed by police.

The menacing charges were forwarded to Franklin County Juvenile Court.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• A woman said someone broke into a locked shed between 10 p.m. Jan. 3 and 2 p.m. Jan. 4 at her residence in the 1500 block of Graham Road. She told police she noticed both doors to the shed were open. The missing items include a Stihl chainsaw worth $400; a chainsaw case worth $50; an electric corded drill worth $40; a rechargeable DeWalt drill worth $50 and a Snap-On wrench set worth $50.

• Police arrested a man for assault after neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming Jan. 6 at a residence in the 1000 block of Sunview Road. The woman told police she had been seeing the man for five months, but he got mad at her and threw glass liquor bottles at her, then went out to her car and kicked out the driver's side window.

Police arrested the man for assault and criminal mischief and transported him to Franklin County Jail.

• A man reported his cellphone was stolen by someone who wanted to buy it Jan. 8 in the parking lot of Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave. He told police he advertised the phone on Craigslist and agreed to meet the caller in the parking lot. He said the caller held the phone, then put it in his pocket and said, "Hold on, I'll get my wallet."

Then the caller handed a phone back to the man and walked back to a black four-door sedan and drove away.

The man told police the phone that was handed back to him was a different model cellphone. The officer confiscated the phone, which he said was likely stolen. Detectives are investigating the phone to see if they can verify ownership.

• A Rocky Den resident reported at 11:34 a.m. Jan. 8 that someone stole her identity. She told police someone had contacted the Social Security Administration and changed the address and phone number on her account. She said she was able to rectify the situation before any checks were mailed out.

She told police she "finds it odd" that this would happen right after she visited a Verizon store in Indianapolis to get a new phone. She said she gave the salesperson her Social Security number. Police advised her to be on the lookout for any other accounts opened in her name.

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