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Westerville: Man throws away ticket, picks up littering charge

A 21-year-old man, who was believed to be drunk, was arrested for disorderly conduct and littering after becoming belligerent with Westerville police at 1:20 a.m. Sept. 8.

According to Westerville police reports, officers were assisting a woman during a traffic stop in the first block of Winter Street when a man came up behind them and began yelling at police to leave the woman alone.

The man continued down the street, yelling obscenities. Officers followed to ask him to quiet down, reports said, but the man continued to yell and curse at officers.

After officers issued a citation, the man crumpled it up and threw it on the ground, prompting the littering charge.

Because the man continued to shout at police, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County jail.

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

* A 31-year-old Westerville man was arrested and charged with public indecency at 12:35 a.m. Sept. 8 after he was witnessed exposing and fondling himself on a city bike path near the 200 block of West Main Street.

It was the second time the man, who was taken by police to the Franklin County jail, has been arrested and charged with the same offense, police said.

* A business in the first block of East Schrock Road reported that more than $1,100 worth of jewelry was stolen between 10:05 and 10:20 p.m. Sept. 12.

Video surveillance from the business showed a man and a woman forcing open the jewelry case and shoplifting about 50 pieces of jewelry, reports said.

In recent Blendon Township Police Department incident reports:

* A catalytic converter was cut off a vehicle parked in the 6000 block of Westerville Road between Sept. 5 and Sept. 11.