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Theft suspect found with stolen credit card numbers

A 25-year-old Columbus woman was arrested by Westerville police at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 27 at a store in the 100 block of Polaris Parkway, for reportedly using stolen credit card numbers.

According to Westerville police reports, loss prevention officers at the store contacted police after the woman attempted to purchase an iPad with a gift card. The woman's information already was on file with the store in connection with previous incidents.

After her arrest, Westerville police found her to be in possession of dozens of gift cards and credit cards whose magnetic strips were loaded with stolen credit-card information, police reports said.

The woman has connections to previous similar incidents, police reported

She was released by Westerville police pending a review of her case by a grand jury, reports said.

In other recent police incident reports:

* A man's wallet was stolen from the trunk of his vehicle at 1:55 p.m. Sept. 24 in the parking lot of the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. According to police, the man locked his wallet and cell phone in the trunk of his car before using the community center's facilities. The man told police he left his car key in an unlocked locker in the center, from where it was stolen, and used to access his car.

* An amplifier was stolen from a car parked in the 2500 block of Adda Avenue overnight between Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

* A car was stolen and items were stolen from four other cars overnight between Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, Blendon Township police reported. Three cars in on Thrasher Loop and one car on Showy Court were broken into, and GPS units, cash, CDs and keys were stolen. At the same time, a car was stolen from Thrasher Loop.