Westerville: Burglar with a crowbar hits another small business
A business in the 500 block of South Cleveland Avenue was burglarized between 10:20 a.m. Aug. 6 and 11:20 a.m. Aug. 7, Westerville police reported.
Employees who opened the restaurant on Aug. 7 told police they noticed items out of place in a back room. As they cleaned up, they found the lock from the business's rear door on the floor.
Upon checking, the employees found $85 in change missing from a cabinet near the cash register and $150 missing from a refrigerator.
Westerville police said the worn lock on the business's rear door allowed thieves to easily "pop" open the door with a crowbar.
Police have reported a rash of small business break-ins over the last several weeks, including a half-dozen in Uptown Westerville, with the burglar using a crowbar or prybar on a rear door to gain entry.
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* A residence in the 900 block of Maebelle Way was burglarized between 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 1:54 p.m. Aug. 7 while the residents were on vacation. Neighbors watching the home called police after they found the house in disarray. Because the homeowners were still on vacation, police were unsure of what was stolen.
* Vandals damaged property at Alum Creek Park South, 535 Park Meadow Road, between 5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 3:38 a.m. Aug. 6. According to police, the park's lightening detection system was knocked to the ground and damaged, and a portable toilet was tipped over.
At the time of the report, the cost of the damage was not known.
* A building in the first block of North State Street was damaged between 10 p.m. Aug. 7 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 8. According to police, it appears as though someone tried to use a bench to break the rear doors of the building. Finding the bench chained down, a handicapped parking sign was removed and thrown through the glass doors.
It did not appear that anything was damaged or stolen from within the building, police said.
In recent reports from the Blendon Township Police Department:
* A bike and tools were reported stolen from a residence in the 5500 block of Buenos Aires Boulevard Aug. 9.
* Credit cards were stolen from a car parked in the 7300 block of Sunbury Road Aug. 11.
* Unsuccessful burglary attempts were reported at two businesses in the 5900 block of Sunbury Road. At one businesses, police said doors were pried open and an attempt was made to pry open a safe. At the other business, an unsuccessful attempt was made to pry open a door.