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Counterfeit $20 bills passed at 5 local businesses

Four Westerville businesses received counterfeit $20 bills from customers within a one-week period, Westerville police reported.

At 4:15 p.m. Oct. 14, an employee at Arby's, 680 S. State St., called police to report that a man ordered an item off the dollar menu and attempted to pay with what, to her, was obviously a fake $20 bill. The man fled while the woman was on the phone with police.

Officers checked with surrounding businesses, and employees at Tim Horton's, 772 S. State St., found two fake $20 bills upon checking their cash tills.

Counterfeit $20 bills also were received at Graeter's, 1 N. State St., on Oct. 6 and at Java Central, 20 S. State St., on Oct. 7. The suspect in those cases fit the description given by the Arby's employee, police said.

Blendon Township police also received a report of a counterfeit $20 being used at Jersey Mike's, 5957 Sunbury Road, on Oct. 16.

In other recent Westerville Division of Police incident reports:

* A car parked in the 500 block of South Spring Road was stolen between 9 p.m. Oct. 14 and 5:20 a.m. Oct. 15. The car was later recovered undamaged by Columbus police.

* A car parked in the 600 block of Lexington Court was broken into between 9:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 7 a.m. Oct. 15. An iPod was stolen from the vehicle.

* Gift cards and a backpack were stolen from two unlocked vehicles parked in the 600 block of Concord Court between 11 p.m. Oct. 14 and 9 a.m. Oct. 15.

* An iPod was stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 400 block of Liberty Lane between 11:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 15.

* A car parked at Pointview Drive and East Schrock Road was broken into at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 18, and a GPS unit was stolen from the dashboard.

* An unlocked car parked on Tidewater Court was entered between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Police said $70 cash was stolen from a purse, and $5 in change was stolen from a cup holder.

* A car parked on Starbuck Court was broken into between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 7 a.m. Oct. 18. Gift cards, tools, a digital camera and a laptop computer were reported stolen.