A stolen-purse investigation led to the Worthington Division of Police filing a multiple-felony-charge grand-jury packet against a 47-year-old Reynoldsburg man.
The incident began when a woman reported that someone stole her purse from her work on the 400 block of Pittsfield Drive on the afternoon of June 17, according to reports.
When officers investigated, they found "clear video" of a man attempting to open car doors before entering the business' employee entrance, grabbing the woman's purse and leaving.
Minutes later, the woman was informed that someone attempted to use her card at a grocery store in north Columbus.
Police identified the man as George Kelly, who lives on Finchley Drive in Reynoldsburg, and informed other agencies, many of which had encountered him previously during dozens of arrests in Franklin County.
Kelly was arrested June 21 by the Columbus Division of Police, and officers determined he was driving a stolen car.
Worthington police submitted a grand-jury packet to charge Kelly with receiving stolen property, burglary and four counts of theft. The burglary charge is a second-degree felony because people were in the building at the time, the receiving-stolen-property charge is a fifth-degree felony and the theft counts are first-degree misdemeanors.
In other recent Worthington police incident reports:
* A business on the 6300 block of Proprietors Road fired an employee accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in cash.
The employee was terminated on the afternoon of June 14, when the business contacted police. The employee reportedly returned $6,600 of a missing $14,898 after being confronted.
Officers are investigating the situation, but have not yet made an arrest.
* Two 15-year-old boys are expected to be charged with vandalism after allegedly destroying school property on two occasions.
Administrators at Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, reported that someone had thrown rocks through windows of the building between June 16 and 19.
The next day, they discovered another area where someone had thrown rocks through glass garage doors, causing "significant" and expensive damage.
Investigators identified two Thomas Worthington students who were caught on video.
* Police received four more reports of stolen or forged checks that were sent through the mail from June 15 to 19.
Since early 2017, a plethora of residents and others from surrounding communities have reported payroll checks being stolen and forged.
The thefts are being investigated by the local office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Despite 13 people being indicted on mail-theft and bank-fraud charges in October of 2017, Worthington police Sgt. Jim Moran said the case still is open and being investigated.
He said he hopes residents will begin avoiding unsecured outdoor mail drops.
"People need to be aware that there's a situation that's being investigated," he said. "Mail your mail inside the post office."