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Upper Arlington: Supposed big win turns out to be big loss instead

Upper Arlington police are investigating a report of theft by deception after a man living in the 1900 block of Bedford Road reported an unknown person called him and said he had won $1.5 million and a new Mercedes Benz as part of a mail-in contest.

After being contacted around noon Sept. 11, the man said he was told he could redeem his prizes after paying for the vehicle title and taxes on the vehicle. He then purchased three "Greendot" cards in the amounts of $500, $500 and $271 and provided his personal identification numbers (PIN) for the cards to caller.

The UA resident didn't receive any prizes after providing the information, and he told police the suspect, who remained unidentified by police, continued to call him and request more money in order to obtain the vehicle and cash prize.

In other recent Upper Arlington Police Division reports:

* Employees at a restaurant in the 2100 block of West Henderson Road reported someone forced entry to the business between 11:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 4 a.m. Sept. 10 and attempted unsuccessfully to steal money.

* A handgun and $4,000 worth of jewelry were reported stolen from a safe in a home in the 1900 block of Ridgecliff Road between Aug. 26 and Sept. 1. The theft was discovered after a family member contacted the homeowner to inform her an associate of the family was believed to have stolen items from another family member's home and taken the items to an area pawn shop.

* A laptop computer valued at $2,200 and a carrying case valued at $50 were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 2200 block of Tewksbury Road between 10 p.m. Sept. 11 and 8 a.m. Sept. 14.

* A cast-iron planter valued at $150 and a door wreath valued at $200 were stolen from outside of a home in the 2800 block of Leeds Road between 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13.

* A gold necklace valued at $1,000, $150 in cash and $50 worth of prescription pain medication were reported stolen from a home in the 2000 block of Chardon Road between noon Sept. 11 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

* A set of keys valued at $20 and $50 in change were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the 2600 block of Westmont Boulevard between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9:31 a.m. Sept. 15.

* Eggs were thrown on a vehicle while it was parked outside a home in the 2100 block of Wesleyan Drive between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 11 a.m. Sept. 14.

* A woman living in the 1600 block of Northwest Professional Plaza reported that between Aug. 12 and Sept. 13, her life insurance company issued her a check for $5,505. However, she reported she never received the check and the company informed her someone had cashed it.

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