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Reynoldsburg: Phone threat places daycare center on lockdown

A Reynoldsburg day care center was placed on full lockdown Feb. 20 after a father telephoned and told a supervisor to call his ex-wife "or I am going to send my people up there and shoot that place up."

The lockdown occurred at 10:17 a.m. Feb. 20 at Kindercare, 6601 Bartlett Road.

An employee told police that the man said his ex-wife had dropped off their children at KinderCare without his permission. The employee said the man responded with the threat when she asked him what was going on.

The man's ex-wife told police he is in Arizona avoiding domestic violence charges.

Police filed a threat charge against him in Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• An employee of a business in the 2200 block of state Route 256 reported it was robbed at 11:14 a.m. Feb. 18.

The employee said a man walked into the store, selected a single pack of gum and placed it on the counter. He then asked to use the restroom. When he came back, he paid for the gum, but as soon as the clerk opened the register drawer, he reached over and grabbed all the $20 bills, then fled from the store.

Based on a description of the suspect, police stopped a man in a nearby parking lot and found four $20 bills in his pocket, along with a note that "requested $100 bills and $50 bills, so he wouldn't shoot anyone." The reporting officer said the man "stated he wanted to die and he wanted me to shoot him."

The man was not armed. He was charged with robbery and transported to the Fairfield County jail.

• Police dispatchers received several 911 calls around 12:33 a.m. Feb. 14 about shots fired in the 500 block of Postwoods Drive. The reporting officer said other callers that night said a man was firing a gun into the air in the 7000 block of Trillium.

Officers located a vehicle on Trillium that witnesses said two men had fled from and ran into the woods. The officer said he could "detect a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle," but could not locate the men or the gun.

• Another gun-related incident occurred at 11:52 p.m. Feb. 15 in the 7500 block of South Oakbrook Drive when a woman was spotted pulling out a gun and waving it in the air.

The reporting officer said a man pulled up to his assigned parking spot but another vehicle was parked there, so he honked his horn to get someone's attention. He said a woman appeared on a second-floor balcony, waving a small black handgun in her right hand after he and another man had words over the assigned spot.

He said the woman came down to ground level and said, "I can have this wherever I want -- it's not concealed or loaded."

Officers talked to the woman, who said she did not realize she brought the handgun outside with her. She said her Ruger LC380 was unloaded and that she kept it in her pocket. The officer took the gun as evidence and said he would refer the incident to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

• A woman said someone stole her television sometime after 12:40 p.m. Feb. 15 from her residence in the 1300 block of Terry Drive. She said when she came home at 2 p.m., the television was missing, along with the HDMI cord, from the top of the entertainment stand. She said her daughter told her the television set was still there at 12:40 p.m. when she was on her way to the bedroom.

The daughter said after she answered the land line phone in the bedroom about 12:46 p.m., she walked back into the living room and saw the television was missing and the front door was cracked open. She told police she had music playing loud in the bedroom and did not hear anyone come into the house. Police are still investigating the incident.

• A man reported the mirror on his truck was broken sometime before 10 a.m. Feb. 16 when the vehicle was parked in front of his house in the 7300 block of Marlan Avenue. Police said there were no tracks in the snow and it is unknown if a vehicle hit it or someone on foot damaged it.

• A man said the mirror on his 2006 Chevy van, a company vehicle was broken sometime on Feb. 16 while it was parked in front of his home in the 7400 block of Saratoga. He said there also was a scratch near the driver's door. He told police he heard nothing and there were no tire tracks to indicate another vehicle had come by and hit his car.

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