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Reynoldsburg: Employee threatened, convenience store robbed at gunpoint last week

An armed robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash after holding an employee at gunpoint at the Ameristop convenience store on Lancaster Avenue.

Reynoldsburg police reported they were dispatched to the store at 495 Lancaster Ave. at 9:45 p.m. March 25. The counter clerk said a man had entered the store and pointed a handgun at her.

She said the man asked her, "Do you think I'm (expletive) playing?" as she stood in front of the cash register.

She described the man as black, 5-feet, 7-inches to 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighing between 125 and 140 pounds. He wore a black beanie hat, a black, long-sleeved thermal shirt and had a black bandanna covering his face.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• A ring worth $3,999 was reported stolen from a business in the 2600 block of Taylor Road at 4 p.m. March 22. The manager said a man came into the store and asked to view the ring, then asked about other items.

When the clerk went to get the other items, the man fled with the 2.95-carat, emerald-cut diamond bridal ring. Witnesses said the man was black, approximately 6-feet, 2-inches tall with a thin build. The manager told police other area stores in Columbus and Hilliard had been targeted in a similar way.

• Officers serving a warrant reported at 3:40 p.m. March 23 said they saw a pit bull dog at a residence in the 1200 block of Baytree Court. The reporting officer said he viewed the dog, which appeared to be a brown/black lab mix. He said veterinary paperwork provided by the owner confirmed the dog was a 52-pound Labrador mix.

Since the owner had not registered the dog, she was cited into Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court.

"Per prior conversations with the dog warden, if an owner is unable to produce registration/record of rabies vaccinations, the owner is to be cited," the officer wrote in the report.

• A resident reported someone broke the rear hatch window of her 2011 silver Honda CR-V between 10 p.m. March 24 and 6:55 a.m. March 25 while it was parked in the 2200 block of Ayers Drive.

The reporting officer said glass was scattered about the interior of the cargo area of the SUV and on the pavement outside.

The officer reported finding a small hole in the top left portion of the remaining glass in the window, consistent with a small pellet being fired through the window.

• A woman reported receiving a forged check at 12:40 p.m. March 24 at a residence in the 1500 block of Lucks Road. She told police she received a check for $4,650 from Liberty Financial Services, in an envelope with a stamp from Anguilla. A letter instructed her to cash the check to pay a processing fee, then she would receive a total of $355,000 that she had won in a sweepstakes drawing.

The letter advised her to "contact her claim agent" so the check could be activated.

The reporting officer called the number listed in order to gather more information, but the person who answered hung up and would not answer any further calls.