After police warned residents of a string of robberies involving stolen jewelry and other items in early November, the incidents continued late into the month in Worthington.

After police warned residents of a string of robberies involving stolen jewelry and other items in early November, the incidents continued late into the month in Worthington.

Police took two nearly identical reports from the same neighborhood detailing burglaries on the morning of Nov. 30.

First, a home on the 200 block of West New England Avenue was broken into through a kitchen window.

Once inside, the burglar "went through numerous drawers" and stole jewelry.

Another home on the 300 block of Blandford Drive was broken into through a rear door window and ransacked in the exact same way.

Both burglaries match a string of break-ins reported over the last month. There have now been at least eight instances of similar crimes committed in similar fashions with similar items stolen.

Detectives have been investigating the break-in cases.

In other recent incident reports from the Worthington Division of Police:

* During a police conference at a hotel on the 7000 block of High Street on the afternoon of Dec. 2, an off-duty Columbus Police Department officer saw a man smoking what he suspected to be crack cocaine in the parking lot.

Worthington officers arrived at the scene, arrested the 72-year-old Westerville man for possession of drug abuse instruments and found a baggy containing suspected crack cocaine that was sent to be analyzed. If confirmed, the man would also face felony possession of controlled substance charges.

* Police responded to a gas station on the 7100 block of North High Street after employees reported a man and woman in the store that had been seen shoplifting from area locations.

When officers arrived on the afternoon of Nov. 29, the 38-year-old man claimed he had swallowed heroin was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital. He was later charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by Columbus police.

The 47-year-old woman fled, but left behind a purse that contained unspecified "drug abuse instruments" and credit cards registered under other people's names.

She has not been arrested or charged.

* An employee of a restaurant on the 5600 block of North High Street returned to her vehicle just after midnight on Dec. 3 to find her it broken into. Her purse was stolen.