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Reynoldsburg: Thieves steal parts from parked Corvette convertible

A man told police someone stole pieces of his 1999 Chevrolet Corvette convertible between 4 p.m. June 7 and 10 a.m. June 9 while it was parked at a business in the 5900 block of East Livingston Avenue.

The man said the convertible top was cut on the passenger side and when he opened the passenger side door, the door panel fell out and he saw pieces of the vehicle's alarm system on the floor.

He then opened the hood and found the top half of the car's motor was gone. In addition, the lug nuts were missing from the right front wheel and the wheel lock was stripped.

The other three wheels were also tampered with and damaged, the man said. Items stolen from the hatch of the vehicle included four new cross-drilled and slotted rotors, two drive belts, an oil pressure sender and other car parts, all new in boxes and bags, according to the police report.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Officers were dispatched June 8 to a business in the 2800 block of Taylor Road after an employee told her manager that a man waiting for his wife to try on clothes in a dressing room "kept getting close to her and standing by her."

According to the report, the man then approached the employee while she was at the cash register and stated he "does not mind that his wife put on weight, that he loves large women." The employee said the man told her he was a photographer and "tried to look down her shirt," touched her arm and "brushed his hand against her."

The employee said she began to cry and went to the back room and told her manager, who called the police. The couple had already left the store when police arrived.

• A woman reported seeing a 3-year-old boy walking by himself in a parking lot at 10:08 a.m. June 9 in the 2000 block of Brice Road. She told police the boy was barefoot, wearing pajama shorts and a white shirt.

The reporting officer said he tried talking to the boy "to get any helpful information to find out where he lived, but he did not speak very well." Another officer circulated through the Eastgreen apartments and located the boy's mother, who said her son wandered out of her residence without her knowledge. She was not charged and her son was released to her, according to the police report.

• Officers responded to a report of a woman hiding in a brushy area with a knife at 8:20 p.m. June 11 in the 6600 block of East Main Street. The reporting officer said they found the woman crouched down in an overgrown landscape area against the back of a house. With weapons drawn, the officers ordered her to show her hands, but she took off at a sprint and had to be tackled in a "bear-hug" manner, according to the police report.

The woman was secured in handcuffs "and it became very obvious she was either suffering from mental health problems, under the influence of drugs or both," the officer wrote in the report.

Truro Township Fire Department medics checked her condition and eventually transported her to the hospital, according to the police report. A piece of metal originally thought to be a knife was retrieved from the bushes, the officer wrote in the report.

• A man reported at 6:30 a.m. June 8 that the glove box was pried open in his car while it was parked in the 6800 block of East Livingston Avenue.

The man told police five music compact discs and a Magellan Roadmate GPS worth $175 were missing. The reporting officer said it looked like a flat-tip screwdriver had been inserted in the keyhole of the glove box to force it open.

• A woman reported the left sliding door window of her van had been broken out about 6:03 p.m. June 7 when it was parked at a business in the 2400 block of Taylor Square. She said the missing items included $40 cash and her daughter's Vera Bradley backpack that contained $160 in gift cards to American Eagle, Hollister, Starbucks, Graeter's and Bath & Body Works.

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