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Westerville: Argument builds, brings in police for an investigation

A series of disputes between an employer and an employee came to a head July 10 when the business owner called Westerville police to accuse the employee of breaking into the building in the 600 block of McCorkle Boulevard after he was fired.

According to reports, the employer accused his employee of contacting, and purchasing alcohol for, his underage daughter on an earlier occasion. He fired the employee during a heated altercation on the matter and asked the employee to leave July 10.

The owner later noticed a computer and monitor were missing and called police, accusing the employee of breaking into the building.

When confronted by officers, the employee said he still had a key to the office, and had purchased the computer and monitor from his employer, but had been asked to pay in cash and had not acquired the receipt.

He said his boss never told him he was fired or took the key and he came back to get the equipment because he "legitimately thought he owned the computer" according to the report.

He gave the items to officers with no argument, according to reports.

The employee said the argument stemmed from his employer owing him commission money, an issue he said he was already planning to take to civil court.

He said he and the employer had gotten into multiple verbal and physical altercations, and that the employer had destroyed his cell phone the day before. He also filed a complaint against his boss for repeatedly trying to contact him and his wife.

No arrests were made, and the matter is still being investigated.

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

• A house in the 1100 block of Lori Lane was burglarized the morning of July 9.

The homeowner's mother arrived at the residence to find the door unlocked and open. The homeowner later determined about $400 was missing from his bedroom, along with a gold necklace.

He said it was possible the rear door of the house had been unlocked.

Police found no signs of forced entry, and have no suspects.

• July 9, a man reported his credit card had been stolen from his car in the parking lot of a business in the 9200 block of Worthington Road.

He said his sister and brother-in-law admitted they took the card to repay drug dealers, and he had contacted his credit card company to cancel the card.