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Westerville: Thefts from vehicles again keeping police busy

Several thefts from vehicles once again were reported to Westerville police in the last week.

* A car parked in the 1200 block of Gemstone Square West was broken into between 11:45 p.m. July 6 and 5 a.m. July 7. A window was smashed and an iPhone and high-end golf equipment was stolen.

* Between 9 p.m. July 6 and 9:10 a.m. July 7, a car parked in the 1300 block of Sandstone Loop South was entered, and drinking glasses and jumper cables were stolen. The car was not damaged, and the stolen items later were found in a neighbor's yard.

Residents of nearby homes reported that their cars were entered and searched within the same time frame, but nothing was stolen.

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

* A 54-year-old Columbus man was arrested after he allegedly stole merchandise from two Schrock Road stores.

According to Westerville police, the businesses called to report thefts in progress, but the thief was gone by the time police arrived.

In searching the area, an officer located and recognized a man who had been arrested for stealing from Schrock Road businesses in the past, waiting at a nearby bus stop, police reports said.

When the officer noticed two full duffel bags at his feet, the man admitted to taking merchandise from the stores, reports said.

He was charged with criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and theft and taken to the Franklin County jail.

Blendon Township

A car parked in the 3400 block of Dublin-Granville Road was broken into July 15, Blendon Township police reported.

Credit cards stolen from the vehicle subsequently were used to make fraudulent purchases, reports said.