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Westerville: Men with weapons invade residence, take belongings

Two men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a shotgun, burst into a residence in the first block of Cherrington Avenue at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 31, Westerville police said.

According to two residents who were home at the time, the two men entered through an unlocked door, then pointed their guns at the residents, telling them to get down on the floor and demanding money.

The men stole $80 in cash, a cell phone, a shotgun, a paintball gun and marijuana before fleeing the house on foot.

One man was described as black, between the ages of 17 and 19. He was about 6-feet tall, weighted between 200 and 250 pounds and had a shaved head, according to the victims.

He wore a dark blue T-shirt and blue basketball shorts.

The other man was white, between the ages of 18 and 20. He was 6-feet tall and weighed between 130 and 140 pounds with short blond hair, the men said. He wore jeans, a white T-shirt and a baseball cap.

In other recent reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A 15-year-old Westerville North High School student was arrested and charged with a sex crime Aug. 26 after she admitted to posting a photo of a topless 14-year-old girl on Facebook.

According to Westerville police, the girls were involved in a physical fight outside of school the previous week, during which the 14-year-old girl's shirt was ripped off. Someone recorded the fight on video and posted it online, the 15-year-old girl told police, and she created still images from the video to post the Facebook photo.

* A man reported his car was broken into between 2:30 and 7 p.m. Aug. 23 while it was parked in the 100 block of Otterbein Avenue. A laptop computer, blank checks and a voice recorder, among other items, were reported stolen.