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Employee was closing shop when robbed Dec. 23

An employee of Deals, 581 S. State St., was robbed at gunpoint as he closed the business at 11:40 p.m. Dec. 23, Westerville police reported.

Police said the employee was locking the front door of the Westerville Shopping Center business when a car pulled up. A man with his face covered exited the vehicle and brandished a gun, demanding money and threatening to shoot the employee.

The employee handed over the business cash deposit bag he was holding, and the robber returned to the vehicle, which was driven by another person, and sped away.

The robber was described as a black man, approximately 5-feet-10, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black leather jacket, black pants and a red bandanna over his face.

The car was an older model gray or black Cadillac with heavily tinted windows, the victim told police. No description of the driver was obtained.

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

• A 39-year-old man reported that he was punched in the face by an unknown man at about 9:35 p.m. Dec. 24 as he walked along the bike path northeast of Schrock and Cooper roads. The man told police he was approached by an unknown man who asked him for a cigarette.

After giving the man a cigarette, the man punched him in the face and fled. The blow caused the victim to fall backward and strike his head on a bench.

The victim sustained minor injuries to his face.

The assailant was described as a white man, about 6-feet tall, with a full beard. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket and a toboggan hat.

• A business in the 1200 block of South Sunbury Road was reported ransacked, but nothing was taken, between 5:05 p.m. Dec. 17 and 8:40 a.m. Dec. 18.

According to reports, employees arrived to work Dec. 18 to find the alarm system had been disabled and that several offices had been torn apart.

Computers, checkbooks, cash and other valuables clearly had been moved within the offices, but nothing had been stolen, police said.

• Burglars forced their way into a business in the first block of Westerview Drive between 11:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 11:50 a.m. Dec. 23. A generator and a tool bag were stolen.