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Reynoldsburg: Police charge woman with endangering children

Police charged a woman with endangering children after she left her 2-month-old baby and 2-year-old toddler alone in a vehicle while she shopped at a local store.

Officers were dispatched to a business in the 1200 block of Brice Road at 5:30 p.m. June 21 after a witness found the two children alone inside a dark blue SUV in the parking lot. The vehicle's engine was still running, police reports said.

The reporting officer said the mother came out of the store shortly after he arrived and said she left the children in the car with the air conditioning on because they were both sleeping and she planned to be in the store only five minutes. She said the vehicle was unlocked and she was in the store about 20 minutes, according to the police report.

The officer said the charges and information will be forwarded to Franklin County Children Services.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

* A woman reported her sliding glass door was shattered by a gunshot just before 9:30 p.m. June 22 in the 2000 block of Commons Road South. The reporting officer said it appeared the glass door had been shot with a BB-gun or a pellet gun.

* A man told police he saw someone reach into a car that had a broken rear passenger side window at 5:30 p.m. June 21 at a business in the 2400 block of Taylor Square Drive.

The man said he saw a "skinny, young, short-haired, black male" reach inside a 2004 Hyundai Sonata. He said the man then drove off in a 2001 gray SUV.

The two women who owned the Sonata were found inside the business. They told police their purses were missing and an unauthorized charge for $85.85 worth of gas had already shown up on one of their credit cards.

* Police charged an intoxicated man with assault at 11 p.m. June 21 after he forced open a drive-through window and punched an employee in the face at a business in the 6900 block of East Main Street.

The reporting officer said he found the man leaning on a red truck at an adjacent business. He said the man appeared to be very intoxicated and was not able to remember his name.

The employee said when the man became aggressive at the drive-through window, he attempted to lock him out of the store, but the man forced his way in and punched the employee in the face.

The employee hit the man back and the man fell to the floor, then left the store. He was transported to the Franklin County jail after his arrest.

* Three boys, ages 10, 12 and 15, were detained by police at 5:39 p.m. June 25 and two are facing juvenile theft charges for allegedly stealing candy, swim goggles and drinks worth $59.59 from a business in the 6900 block of East Main Street.

A loss-prevention employee said the boys concealed the items in the 10-year-old's backpack. Police said the two older boys denied any involvement in the theft, while the 10-year-old admitted to it "but stated it wasn't his idea," according to the police report.

The two older boys were charged with theft through Franklin County Juvenile Court; the 10-year-old was not charged due to his age, the officer said.

* A woman reported the window of her 2014 Ford Explorer was broken between 6:45 and 8:30 p.m. June 20 while the vehicle was parked at a business in the 2900 block of Taylor Road. She told police the rear back window was shattered and $1,000 worth of property was stolen, including a pet carrier, a military deployment bag containing clothes, board games, DVDs, blue travel bag containing hair accessories and a blue piece of luggage containing clothing.

* Another theft occurred at 9 p.m. June 20 at a business in the 2900 block of Taylor Road, where the driver's side window of a vehicle was shattered, police reported.

The owner told police a purse containing $250 cash and his cell phone was stolen, along with a credit card and a makeup bag. The man said an unauthorized charge for $100 was made on the credit card at a local gas station.