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Surveillance video catches two women stealing 35 pumpkins

The great pumpkin thieves visited a Westerville store in the first block of East Schrock Road between 9 and 9:15 a.m. Oct. 23, according to Westerville police reports.

Surveillance video from the store shows two women drive up to an outdoor pumpkin display, load approximately 35 pumpkins into their car and drive away in a late 1990s Chevy Silverado.

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

* A 16-year-old student at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave., was arrested and charged with possessing a deadly weapon in a school zone at 11:05 a.m. Oct. 15.

According to Westerville police reports, the student was engaged in a verbal argument with another student on a Westerville school bus.

Another student called out that the boy had a knife, and the bus driver immediately stopped the vehicle and called police, reports said.

Police found three knives in the boy's bag.

The boy is a student at the Delaware Area Career Center, where he is allowed to have personal knives for classroom use, but the knives are required to remain in the classroom, police said.

* A Westerville couple reported that $14,000 was drained from a savings account, and more than $4,200 was charged to their credit cards. They told police they believe that their personal computer was hacked, allowing access to their account information.

* A 53-year-old woman was struck by a car while crossing the street at 7:34 p.m. Oct. 23, according to Westerville police.

The woman was attempting to cross Plum Street when a car made a left turn onto Grove Street, striking her.

The woman had no clear injuries at the scene but reported striking her head and was taken to Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital for evaluation.