A thief who likely thought he or she was stealing a laptop computer actually ended up with a $20,000 piece of Verizon Wireless' testing equipment, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.
The device, a wireless cell-site tester, belonged to Verizon but was stolen from an employee's unlocked personal vehicle between 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7 a.m. Sept. 9 in the 5600 block of Westbriar Drive, police said.
"It was in a black case and (the thief) probably thought it was a laptop," said Sgt. Suzanne Muraco, who described the pricey piece of technology as a handheld device that looks a little like a wall-mounted thermostat.
Muraco said laptops commonly are flipped at pawn shops, but a device like Verizon's probably would not be accepted at any pawn shop.
It is unknown whether the device contains any components or materials that could be salvaged, she said.
In other recent Hilliard police incident reports:
* A plasma cutter worth $1,249 was reported stolen at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8 from the 3600 block of Main Street.
* A bicycle worth $186 was reported stolen at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 7 in the 5400 block of Edie Drive.
* Bicycles worth $70 were reported stolen at 2:25 a.m. Sept. 9 from the 3300 block of Portrush Avenue.
* An illegal controlled substance was found at 9:40 a.m. Sept. 7 at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road.
* A wallet was reported stolen at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 from the 4200 block of Cemetery Road. Property loss was reported at $101.
* Two residents of separate homes on the 4800 block of Princess Diana Court reported property damage between 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7 a.m. Sept. 9.
* A handmade bench worth $30 was reported stolen between 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 and 7 a.m. Sept. 10 from the 4700 block of Leap Court.
* Employees of a business in the 6300 block of Pinefield Drive told police Sept. 11 that a laptop computer was stolen between May 25 and Aug. 21.
* A resident told police Sept. 11 that a vacuum worth $300 was stolen between Aug. 16 and Aug. 20 from the 5400 block of Madison Street.