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Reynoldsburg: Two men use gun to rob business manager

Reynoldsburg police are investigating the report of an armed robbery July 18 at La Jaliscience, 6529 E. Livingston Ave., after a manager triggered a silent panic alarm.

The manager said two men came into the store and demanded money. He opened the cash register and gave the men an undisclosed amount of money, while one of the men held a gun on him and told him to "turn around and stop looking," according to the police report.

The suspects fled out the back door, the report stated.

The man told police he was not injured in the incident.

In other recent Reynoldsburg Police Department incident reports:

* A traffic stop for a suspended driver's license led to multiple charges when a man and his mother yelled and struggled with a Reynoldsburg police officer.

The reporting officer said he completed a random registration check on a vehicle at 4:48 p.m. July 22 in the 1600 block of Brice Road, which revealed the driver had seven driver's license suspensions.

The officer said that while he was talking to the man and writing a citation, the man's mother arrived and protested her son was stopped because of his race. The officer asked the woman to step back from the vehicle, at which time the man made "offensively coarse utterances" and "opened the driver's door into my left leg," the officer wrote in the police report.

The officer said the man and his mother approached him in an aggressive manner and the woman grabbed her son's arm when the officer attempted to arrest him for disorderly conduct.

The officer charged the man with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest; his mother was charged with resisting and interfering with the arrest. The man was transported to Franklin County jail.

* Felony charges may be pending for an employee of a business after a woman reported 6:18 p.m. July 19 that someone stole $200 from her wallet while she shopped at a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road.

The reporting officer said a female employee first denied taking the money, then admitted she found the wallet in the electronics department and took two $100 bills. The officer found a packaged cellphone worth $649 in the employee's purse, which she claimed she planned to purchase at the end of her shift.

When asked if she has ever taken any money from her cash drawer, she admitted to taking $200, reports stated. She also admitted to stealing merchandise during her employment, including a laptop computer.

After a loss prevention inventory was conducted, it was determined the stolen merchandise added up to $1,718.80, reports stated. The laptop was recovered at the woman's apartment. The officer said he told the woman that due to her cooperation, she would be charged at a later date and time through Fairfield County Commons Pleas Court for multiple felony theft offenses.

* A woman reported an attempted burglary at 9:36 p.m. July 19 at her residence in the 1800 block of Redwood Street. She told police she saw "a tall black man, wearing all black" in her front yard, then heard a loud thud, which sounded like someone was trying to kick in her front door, according to the police report.

When she looked out her window, she saw a "6-foot, skinny black male" wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, according to the report.

The reporting officer said he and another officer checked the surrounding area on foot, but did not locate any suspects. He said there was no damage to the woman's door.

* A man said someone smashed the driver's side front and back windows of his pickup truck between 6 and 9 p.m. July 21 while it was parked in the 8000 block of Harvestmoon Drive. The reporting officer said the driver's side mirror also was broken, but no evidence was obtained or left behind by the suspects.

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