Gahanna police recently advised a mother to be more careful after she left her child alone in a car parked in a Stoneridge Lane lot.

Police received a complaint about the unattended boy at 11:28 a.m. June 16 and found the child in a car seat with the windows up, reports said.

The mother told police she ran into a store for a snack before going to the pool. She said she used the remote start key to keep the car and air conditioning running, according to reports. She said she thought it would be quicker than having to tell her son "no" to everything he saw in the store, reports said.

She said the doors were locked, reports stated.

In other Gahanna police incident reports:

* Eight to 10 laptop computers were reported stolen from Middle School West, 350 N. Stygler Road, according to a report received at 2:23 p.m. June 21.

The theft occurred sometime after summer break began, reports said.

* Loose change was reported stolen from two unlocked vehicles on Imperial Drive, according to a report received at 8:22 a.m. June 21.

* Change was reported stolen from two unlocked vehicles on Lincolnshire Road, according to a report received at 9:24 a.m. June 21.

The vehicles were entered between midnight and 6 a.m., reports said.

* Change was reported stolen from multiple vehicles on Venetian Way, according to a report received at 7:45 p.m. June 21.

* Several vehicles were entered overnight on Amesbury Drive, according to a report received at 7:16 a.m. June 19. Some loose change was stolen, reports said.

* A man in his late 20s to early 30s, wearing military style pants and carrying two large duffel packs and a duffel bag, was reported as suspicious, walking in the 300 block of Granville Street at 8:23 p.m. June 16. He told police he's homeless and was walking to Penny Lane, reports said.

* Two dogs were left at an unoccupied Sierra Drive residence, according to a report received at 5:08 a.m. June 16. A reporting party said he thinks someone comes and cares for them, but they had been barking for more than an hour.

Police were advised the homeowner lives in Canton and the house is under renovation. Franklin County Animal Control was notified and they advised police to call the Capital Area Humane Society, reports said.

* A Kamilah Lane resident visited police at 8:42 p.m. June 15 about someone rummaging through her vehicle overnight. She said nothing was taken, but she found other property in her vehicle, reports said.