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Westerville: Shoplifting suspect arrested; paraphernalia found in car

A woman was arrested by Westerville police at a store in the first block of East Schrock Road after she was caught shoplifting by the store's loss prevention officer and manager.

Police reported the woman fought with store employees when she was apprehended but the employees had gained the upper hand and held her in the loss prevention office by the time officers arrived.

According to Westerville police reports, surveillance video showed the woman "pushing, shoving and fighting," with the employees after she attempted to get out of the office. There was a "physical altercation," for about a minute, and eventually she was restrained.

The woman was attempting to shoplift $126 worth of merchandise that ranged from candy to workout materials, reports said.

Two males who had driven the suspect to the the store were later taken into custody after the police were able to identify their truck, reports said, and were charged with complicity to theft.

After impounding the truck, police found, "a small white leather pouch containing multiple items related to intravenous drug use." It contained a syringe, metal spoon with burn markings on the bottom, a metal pipe and other articles related to drug use.

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

• A male and female were found inside a house in the 100 block of Cherokee Drive March 11 after a report of a burglary at the residence.

The female suspect said she had lived in the house previously, but had been evicted and no longer had a key, and needed to climb in the back window to gain entry. A notice was left on the door that stated the residence had to be vacated by March 7 and that their property inside the house would be set out on March 13 if it had not been removed.

No arrests were made.

• A woman reported her wedding ring stolen March 8 after her daughter found a receipt for the sale of a ring at a pawn shop in her boyfriend's name.

The woman said she normally kept her ring in a box hidden under some clothes, but that it was no longer present when she checked.

After identifying the ring at a pawn shop, the clerk informed her that she would need to file a police report before he could take any action. The woman filed a report, but did not press charges, and as of March 17, release paperwork had been filed to get the ring back from the pawn shop.

• A caller reported seeing three teenagers on a bike trail in the Cooper Road area, and that one of the three males was carrying a gun in his pocket.

Police checked the area but could not locate the teens.