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Westerville: Masked burglar smashes restaurant door

Westerville police report a burglar threw a cinder block through glass in the front door to break into a restaurant in the 400 block of Polaris Parkway at 5:20 a.m. June 4.

An employee of a neighboring business called to report that the restaurant's glass front door was smashed.

Video surveillance from inside the business showed a man wearing a mask, hooded sweatshirt and gloves entering the restaurant, going near the rear office and kitchen areas, and returning to the front, where he picked up a cash register and smashed it on the floor, police reports said.

No cash was kept overnight in the register so none was taken, the restaurant manager told police. An estimate of the damage was not immediately available.

Similar crimes in the same timeframe were reported along Polaris Parkway outside of Westerville police jurisdiction.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A contractor performing work in the 300 block of South Cleveland Avenue reported that a pallet full of stainless-steel piping, valued at $600, was stolen between 5 p.m. May 30 and 6 a.m. May 31.

* A 21-year-old Chicago man was arrested and charged with assault and criminal damaging at 8:45 p.m. June 4 in the 1100 block of County Line Road.

According to Westerville police reports, the man punched two men in the parking lot of a Westerville restaurant after he claimed the men "dis-respected" him.

* Eight gift cards, worth a total of $200, were reported stolen between 10 p.m. June 6 and 10 a.m. June 7 from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 800 block of Wackeman Court.