Upper Arlington: Man reports robbers said he 'didn't belong' in UA
A 26-year-old Columbus man reported he was robbed at gunpoint in the 1700 block of Ridgecliff Road between 9 and 9:05 a.m. Aug. 13.
The man, who is black, told Upper Arlington police he was taking a COTA bus to his job at a store in the Mill Run area of Hilliard when he realized he had taken the wrong route. He then exited the bus and walked from Northwest Boulevard and past the Kingsdale Center area to the corner of Tremont and Ridgecliff roads.
At that point, police said, the man reported he was approached by three white males in a black, four-door Honda who told him he "didn't belong" in Upper Arlington, presumably because of his race.
He said a passenger in the vehicle pointed a shotgun at him and the men demanded he give them money.
Although the three did not exit their vehicle, the man said he gave them $67 in cash, as well as a debit and credit card, and they drove off.
The Columbus man stated he became frightened and ran more than three miles to the store where he works, where a store manager called Upper Arlington police to report the incident.
As of Aug. 19, police were still trying to verify the report and had no suspects in the case.
"We're doing everything we can and this can't be tolerated," Upper Arlington Police Chief Brian Quinn said. "We're continuing to investigate every lead.
"The challenge for us is, at 9 o'clock in the morning, there were no witnesses."
Anyone with information about the alleged robbery is asked to call the Upper Arlington Police Division at 614-583-5150.
In other recent Upper Arlington Police Division reports:
* A cash register valued at $1,000 and $100 in cash were reported stolen from a restaurant in the 4700 block of Reed Road after a landscaping rock was thrown through the front door about 6:01 a.m. Aug. 18, causing $500 in damage.
* A wedding ring valued at $12,000 was reported stolen between 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and noon Aug. 13 from a woman living at First Community Village, 1800 Riverside Drive.
Seven brass caps from a fire hose hook-up were reported stolen from the same location between 7:45 a.m. Aug. 17 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18. The caps are valued at $490.
* Assorted jewelry valued at $5,700, a television valued at $800, a camera valued at $400 and $10 in cash were reported stolen from a home in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue between 6:15 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. Aug. 14.
* A mini-bike valued at $1,500 was reported stolen from an open garage in the 1900 block of North Star Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
* Four boys were arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property after police responded to reports of thefts from vehicles from five people in the area of Woodbridge and Glenmere roads between 12:01 a.m. and 6 a.m. Aug. 17.
According to police, all of the victims' property, which included several MP3 players, backpacks, book bags, cologne and compact discs, were recovered.
* A cellphone valued at $250, a tablet computer valued at $400, a music binder valued at $50, clothing valued at $40 and a wallet valued at $20 were reported stolen from a Columbus vehicle while parked in the 5000 block of Arlington Center Boulevard between 8 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. Aug. 14. Entry was gained by breaking out a window to the vehicle, which caused $250 in damage.
* An Upper Arlington man reported someone used an unknown object to break out a window to his vehicle, causing $500 in damage, while it was parked in the 4800 block of Nugent Drive between 8 a.m. Aug. 15 and 10 a.m. Aug. 16.
* A laptop computer valued at $2,400 was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Clairmont Court between 5:30 a.m. Aug. 15 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16.
* About $20 in loose change was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2200 block of McCoy Road between 12:01 and 8 a.m. Aug. 16.
* A truck owned by a Westerville processing company was sprayed with white paint while it was parked in the 2600 block of Mt. Holyoke Road between 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 9 a.m. Aug. 14.
* A man's bicycle valued at $2,000 was reported stolen from a bike rack at the Upper Arlington Library's Lane Road branch, 1945 Lane Road, between 5:30 and 5:55 p.m. Aug. 15. The bike was not locked to the rack, police reports said.
* A boy reported his bike was stolen from outside a business in the 1900 block of West Henderson Road between 9:53 and 10:04 a.m. Aug. 13.
* An Upper Arlington man reported the theft of his bike, valued at $400, from outside a grocery store in the 1500 block of West Lane Avenue at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 12.
* An Upper Arlington man reported his bike, valued at $200, was stolen from the 1900 block of Riverside Drive while he was fishing in the area.
* A cellphone was stolen from a Columbus woman after she left it unattended in the patio area of a restaurant in the 3200 block of Tremont Road.