A report of a boy carrying a gun provided Pickerington police officers an opportunity to educate a youngster about the dangers of playing with a "look-alike" weapon.

Police received a report of a 10-year-old boy carrying a gun in the waistband of his pants at 5:19 p.m. May 12 in the 500 block of Chatham Court.

Officers found the boy and spoke to him and his mother about the dangers of carrying toy guns. The boy reportedly had painted the toy to make it look real; police told him he could not continue this behavior.

Reports said toy guns were confiscated and put in the police property room until they can be destroyed.

In other recent incident reports filed with the Pickerington Division of Police:

* A resident of the 700 block of Manchester Drive reported at 3:31 p.m. May 6 money was missing from her residence.

While officers were gathering information for the report, they learned a 41-year-old Pickerington woman who was in the residence was wanted on an arrest warrant filed in Ashland County.

* A woman who had rented a car drove to the Pickerington police station, 1311 Refugee Road, at 5:28 p.m. May 7 to report she found a firearm lodged between the center console and a seat.

* Officers reported finding a damaged light and ashes from papers that were burned in a restroom in Victory Park at 10:26 p.m. May 7.

* A resident of the 500 block of Long Road reported at 11 a.m. May 10 her neighbors' dogs jumped the fence and attacked her dog, causing injuries.

According to reports, the neighbor whose dogs jumped the fence said he would be willing to split the cost of medical bills for the injured dog.

* A resident of the 800 block of Hill Road North went to the police station at 12:12 p.m. May 11 to report someone had been making fraudulent charges on the resident's credit cards.

* Officers were sent to the 200 block of Marie Avenue at 3:35 p.m. May 12 to speak with a resident who was reporting fraudulent charges made on his credit card by an unknown person.