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Westerville: Neighbor reports break-in while owners are away

A resident called Westerville police about 1 p.m. March 8 to report that a neighboring house had been broken into in the 300 block of Farthing Drive.

According to police reports, the neighbor knew the homeowners had been on vacation and noticed their garage door had been opened while he was gone. He notified police when he saw that the interior door leading into the home had also been opened.

Inside the house, there were two sets of muddy footprints on the carpet, and the living room and bedrooms had been "ransacked," police reports said.

Among the missing valuables are a laptop computer, two flat-screen televisions, jewelry, a cellphone and about $200 cash.

Police questioned neighbors, but no one could provide any additional information. Police have no suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.

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

• A resident of the first block of Park Street reported two men were breaking into the home's garage just after midnight March 2. They fled the scene and were located by police on a nearby street. The homeowner did not press charges, but asked police to tell the men to stay off of the property.

• An 11-year-old boy was walking home from school with his friends March 6 on Pointview Drive near Fairdale Drive when the group of students was approached by a black SUV or Jeep containing three young men, possibly teenagers, according to police.

The man in the passenger seat asked if they wanted candy and mentioned marijuana, reports said. The students continued to walk home and the vehicle eventually drove away. No additional information was available.

• A riding lawn mower was reported stolen Jan. 23 from a shed inside the stadium at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.

A school employee attempted to find the mower before reporting the incident to police March 5. The shed has a regular door and a garage door, and neither showed signs of forced entry.