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Westerville: Home-invasion robbery believed to be drug-related

Friday May 31, 2013 8:23 PM

Westerville police say a home-invasion robbery in the city late Friday, May 24 likely was drug-related.

According to police reports, the two victims told police that they were smoking marijuana in the house, in the 200 block of Apache Street, at 11:36 p.m. May 24 when one of their dogs began barking.

One of the victims followed the dog downstairs and encountered a man with a gun. The man demanded money and, upon seeing the victims' drug paraphernalia, demanded drugs.

The man took about $120 and a half ounce of marijuana, police reports said.

The victims told police the man was black and wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a black bandanna with white skulls on it over his face

In other recent Westerville Division of Police incident reports:

* A teenage boy was arrested and charged with felonious assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after an altercation at 4:30 p.m. May 21 in the 100 block of East Park Street, near the Hanby Park Train Depot.

Police said the boy was fighting with an 18-year-old male when the juvenile jumped into his cousin's car. The boy began chasing the man in the car, striking two cars and driving over a curb and into the grass near the park's playground, striking two cars, in the process.

Children were playing on the playground at the time of the incident, police said, and the car came within about 30 feet of them.

The boy fled from the car and was apprehended by police.

He was wearing a court-ordered ankle bracelet and was on probation in Delaware County.

* A man reported that a bag, containing his loaded Smith and Wesson .380-caliber handgun, was stolen at 11 p.m. May 23 while he was at a restaurant in the 700 block of North State Street. The man has a concealed-carry permit and was not drinking at the time of the theft, he told police.

* Employees of a landscaping company reported that two blowers, valued at $2,000, were stolen from their vehicle between 12:45 and 12:55 p.m. while they worked at a home in the first block of Illinois Avenue.

* A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft at 1:18 p.m. May 19 after he allegedly stole 32 video games, valued at $582, from a store in the 100 block of Polaris Parkway. He also was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.

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