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Westerville: Resident buys back stolen jewelry from pawn shop

After a five-day vacation, a Westerville woman returned to her home in the 700 block of Olde Mill Drive to find $11,000 worth of jewelry missing, Westerville police reported.

Police identified the boyfriend of the resident's adult daughter as a suspect in the theft. The daughter was taking care of the house in her mother's absence. Four diamond rings with gold bands and several other items were among the jewelry taken.

Police discovered the man recently sold several items of jewelry to a local pawn shop. The resident paid $483 to the pawn shop to recover all 20 of her items -- the same amount of money paid to the suspect by pawn brokers.

Police have not yet made an arrest.

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

* A manager of a store in the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard reported a man walked out of the business with two flat-screen televisions on the afternoon of July 20.

According to the manager, the man had two 40-inch televisions in a shopping cart as well as a small amount of groceries. He paid for his groceries, then reportedly asked an employee if he could pay for his televisions at the customer service counter.

But then rather than going to customer service, the man grabbed his groceries and the TVs, and left the building without paying.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage and have no suspects.

* A resident reported an attempted break-in at his residence in the 200 block of Crosslake Court on the morning of July 21.

After hearing banging sounds while in the shower, the man found damage to his garage. There were pry marks on the garage door and damage to the wood around the frame.

Police took photos into evidence, but have no suspects.

* A manager of a store in the first block of East Schrock Road reported July 20 that he discovered blood "all over" a bathroom.

Police reported a red liquid was "sprayed all over the floor, walls, sinks and urinals" in the men's restroom.