A group of young males engaged recently in a senior tag game received a warning April 6 from Pickerington police officers about the dangers of possessing look-alike weapons.
Officers were called to the 200 block of Oakview Court at 9:58 p.m. on a report of a man with a gun standing in the street with several other males that were blocked in by two vehicles.
When officers arrived they discovered a group of boys playing senior tag with Nerf guns. Senior tag is a game in which members of the senior class at both Pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North try to eliminate one another with Nerf guns or water pistols until there is only one student left in the competition.
Reports said the youths' parents were contacted to come to the scene.
Officers explained to the juveniles and their parents how their play guns easily could be mistaken for real guns.
A request for charges of disorderly conduct was forwarded to the Fairfield County Juvenile Prosecutor's office for review.
The interaction also prompted police to post on the department's Facebook page a warning to students and their parents about the dangers the game could present.
In other recent Pickerington Division of Police incident reports:
* A resident of the 200 block of Fox Glenn Drive East reported at 1:33 p.m. April 1 her store credit card had fraudulent charges made in an online transaction.
* A 36-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both from Pataskala, were issued citations for theft after they were caught shoplifting at 8:17 p.m. April 1 at a business in the 100 block of Postage Drive. Reports said both the man and woman were give dates for a mandatory appearance in Pickerington Mayors Court.
The woman was then extradited by Licking County Sheriff's Office deputies on an outstanding warrant and the man was extradited by Newark Police Department officers on an outstanding warrant.
* A 25-year-old Etna woman was issued a citation for possession of drug abuse instruments at 5:59 p.m. April 1 in the 1700 block of Hill Road North.
Officers were sent to a business on a report of a woman that had been there since 2 p.m. reportedly waiting on a ride.
While officers were searching the woman for weapons, drug paraphernalia was discovered.
Reports said the woman was released to a family member and given a date for a mandatory appearance in Fairfield County Municipal Court
* Two Pickerington women, ages 18 and 19, were issued citations for drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia at 10:24 p.m. April 2 in the 8900 block of Diley Road.
Reports said an officer observed the women sitting in a vehicle parked behind the Pickerington water tower.
The women were given dates for mandatory appearances in Pickerington Mayors Court.
* Representatives of a business in the 1700 block of Hill Road North reported at 7:18 p.m. April 3 that someone stole beer, beef jerky and candy before fleeing from the business.
* A 17-year-old Columbus boy was arrested on charges of marijuana drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia at 10:02 April 4 in the 200 block of Pickerington Ridge.
Officers were called on a report of a suspicious vehicle with several occupants parked in the area.
Reports said officers found four male teenagers inside the parked vehicle that was heavy with smoke and an odor of marijuana.
* A Pickerington police officer found two rings in the back seat of his patrol car at 12:40 a.m. April 6.
The owner of the rings is unknown. Reports say they were placed in the property room at the police station, 1311 Refugee Road.