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Worthington: Authorities looking into string of midday burglaries

Midday burglaries continued last week, even as Worthington police recovered a PlayStation stolen from an East Selby Boulevard break-in three weeks earlier.

The PlayStation was found at a residence on the South Side of Columbus, where police searched after obtaining a warrant, according to Worthington Police Chief James Mosic.

"We have identified people of interest in these burglaries," he said.

He was referring to a string of burglaries that had occurred in the apartments on East Selby Boulevard early in May.

In those and several other home burglaries, robbers hit during the day and forced their way in by prying or kicking in doors.

With so many people working during the day, it is relatively easy for burglars to get in and out without being seen, he said.

New cases were reported on Heischman Avenue and on Eastfield Drive.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. on May 20, someone broke in through a garage door in the 200 block of Heischman. Jewelry and sterling silver valued at $5,500 were stolen.

On May 27 between 10 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., burglars hit a residence in the 1100 block of Eastfield Drive. They kicked in the front door and stole a television and an Xbox game console.

A laptop computer was stolen from a residence in the first block of East Selby Boulevard between May 31 and June 2. It was taken from a kitchen table while residents were at home.

Thieves also broke into a residence in the 6300 block of Westbrook Court overnight May 27. While the residents slept, burglars stole cash and gift cards from a purse. Entry was made via a window.

On the same night, an attempt was made to enter a second house on the same block. A screen was cut, but no entry was made.

Two nights later, on May 29, police chased away a suspect who had stolen a truck and was attempting to steal other items in the Rush Creek neighborhood.

In other Worthington police incidents:

* After receiving a call from a resident, police responded and found a man who had stolen a truck from a driveway in the 500 block of White Oak Place. He was using the truck to attempt to steal other items, including patio furniture, from other homes in the neighborhood.

Police chased the suspect on foot and lost him in nearby woods.

* Small businesses in the Schrock/Huntley industrial area were also broken into between May 23 and 28. In each case, suspects either broke in through or simply broke front windows and doors at businesses in the 400 block of Schrock Road and in the 7000 block of Huntley Road.

Cash was stolen from one of the Huntley offices, but nothing was stolen from the other sites.

* In the 6200 block of Huntley Road, a boat was stolen from a fenced area between May 22 and 27. A lock was cut to gain entry.

* Someone also attempted to break into two businesses in the 2100 block of West Dublin-Granville Road at 4:55 a.m. May 28. Fresh pry marks were found on doors, but not entry was made.

* On May 27 at 12:25 p.m., a driver who caused an accident on state Route 315 at West Wilson Bridge Road was caught at the underpass. She ran because she was driving under suspension, according to police.

A purse was stolen from a vehicle parked near the outdoor education building at 600 W. Gran-ville Road on May 24 between 4 and 5:55 p.m.

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