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Westerville: 23 elevator motors reported stolen from local business

Twenty-three elevator motors were reported stolen between Dec. 1 and Jan. 16 from a business in the 900 block of Eastwind Drive.

The motors are valued between $2,000 and $6,000 each, depending on the size, Westerville police reports said.

The business had counted its inventory in early December and checked its stock again after employees complained that a significant number of the motors were missing.

As the business had no signs of forced entry over the period of the thefts, Westerville police were investigating the business' employees for involvement with the thefts, reports said.

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

• A car parked in the 100 block of Keene Drive was broken into between 9 p.m. Jan. 14 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 15.

According to police reports, thieves first tried to force the vehicle's door open with what appeared to be a screwdriver and failed.

One of the vehicle's windows then was broken to gain access. A stereo system, an auto-diagnostic unit and change were stolen, reports said.

• A window was broken out of a vehicle parked in the 600 block of River Trace Road between 9:30 p.m. Jan 14 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Nothing was reported missing from inside the vehicle.