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Reynoldsburg: Thieves steal $4,500 from ATM at local business

Thieves who broke into an ATM at a Brice Road business got away with $4,500 in cash, according to Reynoldsburg police.

The owner of Pop A Top Carry Out, 1735 Brice Road, reported the business had been broken into between 8 p.m. April 16 and 8:54 a.m. April 17. He said he found the rear door had been forced open and an ATM had been broken into.

The reporting officer said the ATM had multiple pry marks all over it and was heavily damaged. He said the back door to the business had been pried open, with the sliding locks bent at a 90-degree angle to the door. Three telephone boxes directly behind the building were open and the telephone lines had been cut, he reported.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

* A resident in the 6500 block of Retton Road called police at 7 a.m. April 17 after finding what turned out to be a toy gun in front of her home.

She told police she would have thrown it away, "but the gun looked real and (she) didn't want to scare the trash people."

The reporting officer said the Smith & Wesson replica was originally clear plastic, but someone had spray-painted it black to make it look real. The officer said it was placed in the property room and would be destroyed.

* A School Resource Officer arrested three students on drug charges at 11:58 a.m. April 17 at Reynoldsburg High School, 8579 Summit Road.

According to the officer's report, an assistant principal had called him to say that students had reported a bathroom in the upstairs B section of the school smelled like marijuana.

The officer said he entered the bathroom but could not locate any drugs, so he returned to the office to review surveillance video and saw a student with a backpack entering the boys' bathroom. Later, he saw a boy leave the building with the backpack.

According to the police report, he told the officer he bought the marijuana from another student, who had given it to him with the understanding he would pay for it the next week. The officer searched the second boy's backpack and found more marijuana.

A school administrator brought a third boy into the office "on reasonable suspicion" and found a digital scale, plastic bags, tobacco and residue, the police report said.

The first two boys were charged with juvenile charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of marijuana, tobacco possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The third boy was charged with all but the drug trafficking.

* Police reported four boys skateboarding on a tennis court did $100 damage April 17 at John F. Kennedy Park, 7232 E. Main St. City Parks and Recreation Director Joe Brown said a net was torn down on one of the courts and would cost about $100 to fix.

* A man told police someone broke out the driver's side rear window to his car between 4 and 4:10 p.m. April 15 when it was parked at a business in the 2600 block of Taylor Road. He said nothing was missing from his vehicle.

The reporting officer said he observed a small pry mark on the outside of the door.

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