Reynoldsburg police responding to a fireworks complaint ended up arresting an 18-year-old man for carrying a concealed weapon.
A witness told officers someone had either set off fireworks or was firing an air rifle at 11:53 p.m. Aug. 22 in the 6800 block of Greenleaf Drive. Two men were found walking in that vicinity and one appeared "very nervous" and did not want his backpack searched, the police report said.
The nervous man finally admitted to having a loaded .40-caliber handgun in his bag, claiming he was carrying it for protection because his girlfriend was being harassed by her ex-boyfriend.
After his arrest, he was processed at Reynoldsburg Police Department, then transported to the Franklin County jail.
In other Reynoldsburg police reports:
• A possible case of road rage is under investigation after a man said he was assaulted by another driver as he sat in his car at 7:22 a.m. Aug. 25 at the corner of Wollam and Lancaster avenues. The man said the driver behind him got out of his car and began to strike him several times through his open driver's side window "for no reason."
He said his glasses were knocked off and the second driver "spit on him" then left the area. A witness said the second driver left in a black Toyota truck. The reporting officer said he obtained a blood sample from the side of the vehicle that the victim said must have come from his attacker.
• Police arrested a man for theft after he allegedly stole $198.90 worth of steaks at 9:44 a.m. Aug. 25 from a business in the 6900 block of East Main Street, then attempted to sell them in front of the business.
An employee said she saw the man try to sell the steaks in front of the store, then drop them on the ground, walk away and wait at the COTA bus stop on East Main Street, which is where he was arrested.
• A woman said someone tried to break into her business in the 1400 block of Brice Road before 8 a.m. Aug. 25. She told police the front door alarm had been activated and $40 was missing from the unlocked cash register. She said a locksmith she called told her that someone likely entered through a small window in the back door.
The reporting officer said the frame around the window was disturbed, as if someone had removed the outer portion of the frame, pulled out the glass, then reached in and opened the door. The theft is still under investigation.
• A man and woman were arrested around 11 p.m. Aug. 25 in the parking lot of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension for possession of hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia. The reporting officer said a customer told a special-duty officer he saw possible drug activity taking place in the parking lot.
The officer said the man was "obviously nervous and shaking" as he stood by a vehicle and that a woman was sitting in the passenger seat and a 3-year-old boy was in the back seat. The officer said he saw eight to 10 Q-tips on the ground.
"Based on my prior training and experience, I know that Q-tips are used by heroin users for the cotton," the officer wrote in the police report. After a search of the car, the officer found a glass smoking pipe and a hypodermic needle. The child was picked up by a family member and the man admitted to being a heroin addict, according to the police report.