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Westerville: Two arrested for buying gift cards with phony credit cards

Charges against two men have been forwarded to a grand jury after they reportedly used stolen credit cards to attempt to buy $2,000 in gift cards.

According to Westerville police, employees at Meijer, 100 Polaris Parkway, called to report that two men purchased $2,000 in Best Buy gift cards before leaving the store at 3:50 p.m. March 15.

Police stopped the men and asked to see the credit card that was used to purchase the gift cards. After scanning the card, police found that the number on the front of the card, with the suspect's name on it, did not match the number stored on the card's magnetic strip.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers found several additional cards whose magnetically stored information did not match the numbers on their fronts, police reported.

Both men were arrested on forgery charges.

The man who made the purchase and was in possession of the cards was transported to Delaware County jail, while the other man, who claimed no knowledge of the stolen cards, was booked and released.

In other recent Westerville Division of Police incident reports:

* A car in a parking lot in the first block of Collegeview Road was broken into between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. March 12. A woman's purse, containing an iPhone, checkbook, Social Security cards and other personal items, was stolen.

* A woman reported that her residence in the 100 block of Mossman Avenue was broken into between 5:20 and 7:10 p.m. March 13, and $500 in cash was stolen. At the time of the burglary, the woman's 13-year-old son was in his room listening to music, she said.

* A 25-year-old woman was arrested at 7:35 p.m. March 14 for attempting to steal more than $500 in merchandise from a store in the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard. Reports said the woman placed the merchandise in a reusable shopping bag and attempted to leave the store without paying.

* Seven people were transported to local hospitals after a car crash at 6:20 p.m. March 15 at Cooper and Collegeview roads. According to Westerville police, the vehicle's driver said she was distracted by children fighting in the backseat when she left the roadway and struck a tree.

The passengers' injuries varied in severity, police said.

The woman was cited for failure to control and a child booster-seat violation.

* A 22-year-old man was arrested for attempting to steal $167 worth of merchandise from a store in the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard at 7 p.m. March 15.