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Woman, 41, charged with passing counterfeit $100 bill at local Marc's

Westerville police arrested a 41-year-old woman after she reportedly tried to pay for $28 worth of merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill at Marc's supermarket, 111 Huber Village Blvd., at 7:10 p.m. Oct. 22.

Lashon R. Maupin, of Calimero Drive in northeast Columbus, was charged with two counts of forgery for possession of counterfeit bills and for identity fraud, for providing someone else's name and Social Security number to police, police said.

Employees at Marc's called police to report a person was attempting to pass the fake bill.

Maupin fled the store, pursued by Marc's employees, and was later detained by police.

What police believe was Maupin's purse later was found in the Marc's parking lot. It contained a counterfeit $50 bill, credit cards with other people's names on them and a Walmart debit card containing the information for another credit card.

In other recent Westerville Division of Police incident reports:

* A man at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21reportedly paid for a $2.80 item with a counterfeit $10 bill at Tan Pro, 724 N. State St.

* A ferret was reported stolen between 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Oct. 22 from a pet store in Westerville Plaza.

* A laptop computer was stolen between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 4 p.m. Oct. 24 from an unlocked car parked in the first block of West Schrock Road.

* Copper piping was stolen from two vacant houses, causing thousands of dollars in damages to both residences. Thieves caused $2,130 in damage to a vacant, foreclosed home in the 1300 block of Nutmeg Court between 8 a.m. Oct. 10 and 9 p.m. Oct. 15. In about the same timeframe, thieves caused $3,650 worth of damage cutting copper pipes from a residence in the 100 block of Sassafras Way. Both houses were owned by Fannie Mae, Westerville police reported, and the key boxes used by real-estate agents had the same combination.

Blendon Township police

* A home in the 2700 block of Minerva Avenue was burglarized Oct. 25, Blendon Township police reported.

Money, jewelry and other items were stolen.

* A laptop computer was stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 6000 block of Paris Boulevard between 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Blendon Township police said.