Hilliard Division of Police officers arrested two men whose explanation about scrapping metal with permission proved false.
The 47-year-old man and 46-year-old man were arrested for misdemeanor theft at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 30 after officers responded to a call from an employee at a business in the 3600 block of Lacon Road.
An employee observed via closed-circuit camera the men removing transformers and generators from outside the building, Lt. Ron Clark said.
"(The men) told police they were scrapping (and) had the permission of the owner," Clark said.
But officers learned that was not the case and the two men were arrested for theft. The property the men attempted to steal was worth $850, police said.
In other recent Hilliard police incident reports:
* Auto parts worth $9,080 was reported stolen between 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 from a business in the 3600 block of Lacon Road.
Stolen property included semitrailer tires, semitrailer aluminum rims, wheels, lug nuts and other parts related to wheels and trailers.
* Property worth $1,980, including speakers, an amplifier and a .40-caliber handgun, were reported stolen between 4:30 and 4:40 a.m. Oct. 1 from a vehicle in the 2900 block of Cornbury Lane.
* A burglary was reported between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at a residence in the 5500 block of Shadow Glen Court.
A cellphone and cigarettes were reported stolen. Property loss was reported at $656.
* A burglary was reported between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at a residence in the 2900 block of Landen Farm Road West.
A watch and coins were reported stolen. Property loss was reported at $200.
* Computer hardware and software worth $400 were reported stolen between 5 and 11 p.m. Sept. 24 from a vehicle in the 4800 block of Prince Charles Way.
* A bicycle worth $79 was reported stolen between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 from a vehicle in the 4800 block of Brixston Drive.