Three people reportedly carrying guns robbed a gasoline station in the 1400 block of Bethel Road on Sept. 1.

Columbus police officers responding to a security system panic alarm at that location at 12:58 a.m. were informed the crime had taken place. The incident and investigation was turned over to a robbery detective according to the Columbus Division of Police incident report.

In other recent incident reports from northwest Columbus:

* A 36-year-old man said he was robbed at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 5 in the parking lot of a store in the 6000 block of Sawmill Road. The victim said he was loading groceries into his vehicle when someone tried to snatch his backpack, which he was wearing over his shoulders at the time.

He turned to face the would-be backpack-snatcher and the two struggled before the victim's wallet, containing $875 in cash, fell to the ground and the other man ran off with it, according to the responding officer.

* A $2,000 generator and tools valued at $5,100 were reported stolen Sept. 5 at 12:49 p.m. from a job site in the 2300 block of Sawmill Place Boulevard.

A representative of a Centerburg company said the items were taken from the site sometime after 3 p.m. Aug. 31.

* A 49-year-old woman told an officer at 12:20 p.m. Sept. 5 she believes it was her ex-boyfriend who stole her keys and took her car from outside her apartment in the 1800 block of Billingsley Road.

The victim said the only people present in the apartment prior to the $3,000 Honda being stolen were her roommate and the former boyfriend, who doesn't live there but still has some of his belongings in the apartment.

* A 29-year-old woman who had been on vacation said she returned to her apartment in the 5400 bock of Bermuda Bay Drive at 5:29 p.m. Sept. 3 after one of her roommates called her to say a window had been broken between 8:30 and 10 p.m. Aug. 29.

The victim said her roommates reported nothing of theirs was missing, but as she looked around her room she discovered that a $150 safe containing $2,000 in cash and her passport had been taken.

* A 51-year-old Lewis Center man filed a report at 1 p.m. Sept. 3 regarding an estimated $200 in damages done to his rental property in the 1900 block of Elbert Drive.

The man said sometime after noon Aug. 31 someone kicked open the door of the apartment but did not take anything. The man told police he suspects a tenant to whom he had issued a three-day eviction notice Aug. 28.

* A representative of a store in the Mall at Tuttle Crossing reported at 1:20 p.m. Sept. 1 that three suspects had taken $1,000 worth of jeans without paying for them.