A Lancaster man called police after a disturbing incident with a man in a mask in Westerville.
According to reports, the man, accompanied by his father, was driving down Ashbrooke Drive near Maplebrooke Drive on the night of Dec. 26 when he noticed a person walking in the middle of the road.
As he approached, he found the man was singing as he walked down the middle of the road, and was wearing a black pinstripe suit and a mask of the "Sesame Street" character Bert.
He told police he was attempting to film the man because it was "odd," when the masked man asked him for a ride. He declined, but the masked man "reached into his truck and tried to open the door," according to reports.
The victim said the man did not successfully open the door. When he asked the masked man what his name was, he reportedly responded, "Bert," and told the man he wasn't wearing a mask and that it was his real face, reports stated.
The masked man continued to attempt to open the truck's door and the victim drove away and called police.
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* An employee at a Westerville business in the 300 block of South State Street allegedly was assaulted as a suspect stole food on the night of Dec. 27.
The suspect and two other people reportedly attempted to pay for the order multiple times, but had the order declined, reports stated.
When the employee walked away from the counter for a moment, the suspect reportedly jumped over the counter, grabbed part of the order and ran out of the business, according to reports.
Employees reportedly chased after the suspect, who jumped into a car. The victim reportedly kicked the car and banged on the window, attempting to make the suspects stop.
At some point, the suspect reportedly got out of the driver's seat and punched the victim multiple times before driving away.
Police are investigating, and no arrests have been made.
* A construction worker witnessed a burglary at a work site in the first block of Heatherdown Drive.
According to reports, the man got to work around 6 a.m. Dec. 26 to find the construction site "in disarray" with tools missing.
He said he walked outside and saw a man dressed in all black running from the site.
Workers determined more than $500 in tools had been stolen from the site, reports stated.
Police reviewed security footage that reportedly shows four people in the building in the early hours of the morning.
The investigation is ongoing.