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Upper Arlington: Thousands in jewelry stolen from two UA homes

Upper Arlington police are investigating the thefts of thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry from two homes.

In the first incident, 10 gold rings valued at a total of $3,850 and a 1966 Northeastern High School ring valued at $1 were reported stolen from a home in the 2200 block of Johnston Road between May 1 and June 15.

The items were taken from a jewelry drawer and jewelry box.

Police reports said officers suspected a cleaning woman who worked at the residence May 14 and workers who performed odd jobs in the home in May and June. However, no charges had been filed in the case as of June 24.

The second incident occurred between 12:30 and 5:21 p.m. June 20. Police reports said a rear door to a home in the 4400 block of Masters Drive was kicked in and several pieces of jewelry were stolen from a jewelry box in the master bedroom.

According to the report, two white gold wedding bands valued at $3,500 and $1,200, respectively, were taken, as were two silver cross necklaces and a gold bracelet, all valued at $50.

Additionally, a pillow case valued at $5 was stolen, and damage to the home's rear door was listed at $1,500.

In other police reports:

* Officers are investigating a burglary at Speedway Gas Station, 3616 Riverside Drive, which occurred between 2:10 and 2:22 a.m. June 20.

Police were dispatched after an alarm at the business was triggered. Upon arrival, they heard movement in some woods east of the building and discovered the rear door to the business had been pried open and multiple electric, phone and cable lines had been cut.

Three pry bars, one hatchet and a pair of pruning shears were found in the woods at the base of a cement fence, which police believe the culprits climbed over. A piece of torn clothing also was found in a tree at the fence line.

A canine from the Hilliard Police Department was called to the scene, but was unable to follow the trail beyond a house to the east of the Speedway on Sunset Drive.

Police said nothing appeared to be missing from the business.

* A woman living in the 2600 block of Alliston Court was scammed out of $4,541.76 after receiving multiple mailers and telephone calls indicating she could win money by completing puzzles and sending money to an undisclosed address. After sending money to an unknown person, the woman received nothing in return.

* Police are investigating a report from a travel agency in the 5000 block of Horizons Drive which alleged someone hacked into the company's computerized airline ticket purchasing system and obtained $6,047.60 worth of airline tickets June 16.

* A digital camera and two laptop computers, values not provided, were reported stolen from offices in the 3300 block of Tremont Road.

* A paint sprayer valued at $900 and a power washer valued at $450 were reported stolen from the rear of a residence in the 2300 block of Northwest Boulevard between 9 a.m. June 21 and 10:05 a.m. June 23.

* An iPad valued at $400 and two iPods valued at $50 and $25, respectively, were stolen from a home in the 2300 block of Northwest Boulevard between 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. June 21. According to the police report, entry to the home was gained through an unlocked window while the owners were away.

* Approximately 1,100 pounds of scrap copper belonging to a Columbus industrial company were stolen from a hopper at the rear of Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Road, between 6:30 p.m. June 14 and 7 a.m. June 15. The copper was valued at $2,585.

* A home video surveillance system captured images of an unknown white man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts who allegedly attempted to pry open the windows of a truck in the 3000 block of Oakridge Road at 2:30 a.m. June 20. Entry was not gained, but the truck window sustained $400 in damages.

* A mobile telephone valued at $350 and a mobile phone charger valued at $25 were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2700 block of Oakridge Road between 10 p.m. June 19 and 6 a.m. June 20.

* A leather purse valued at $100 was stolen from a Lewis Center woman's vehicle while it was parked in the 1700 block of Barrington Road between 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. June 22. A window to the vehicle was broken, causing $400 in damage, and the woman's credit cards were used at several Columbus-area gas stations, with charges exceeding $85.

* The driver's side window to a vehicle parked in a garage at a home in the 1600 block of Berkshire Road was broken out between 1 and 5:50 a.m. June 20. An iPad valued at $800, a briefcase valued at $300, a carryall valued at $50 and legal documents were stolen.

* Jewelry valued at $50, a wallet valued at $25 and an unidentified computer device valued at $25 were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2600 block of Tremont Road between 10 p.m. June 19 and 6:47 p.m. June 20.

* A purse valued at $120, gift cards valued at $100 and a wallet valued at $30 were reported stolen from a woman's vehicle while it was parked in the 2000 block of Hastings Lane between 11:50 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. June 15. Entry to the vehicle was gained by breaking out a passenger-side window, police said.

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