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Teen charged with stealing iPod at library

Westerville police charged a teenage boy with stealing an iPod from a man sleeping in the media room of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

According to police reports, the library patron had fallen asleep while listening to his iPod at 5:20 p.m. Jan. 22. The device, which was resting on the arm of the chair in which the man was sleeping, was missing when the man awoke.

On library surveillance tapes, police witnessed a teenage boy approaching the sleeping man and slipping the iPod into his pocket.

On the surveillance video, the boy also was seen talking to another teenage boy where a Westerville South High School jacket. Through that student and others at Westerville South, the thief was identified as a 16-year-old Westerville Central High School student, reports said, reports said.

The teen was arrested and charged with theft through the Franklin County Juvenile Court.

In other recent police incident reports:

* A woman's purse was stolen from her car while it was parked in a parking lot in the 200 block of the Huber Village Boulevard between 5:10 and 6:10 p.m. Jan. 20. The purse was recovered from a Dumpster, but one of the woman's credit cards was used to make a $420 purchase shortly after the theft.

* A computer, power cords and money were reported stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3500 block of Paris Boulevard Jan. 24, according to Blendon Township police reports.