A 57-year-old Groveport woman and her 29-year-old Columbus son were arrested in Westerville for shoplifting and possession of items associated with heroin use.
According to reports, the two were suspected of shoplifting at a store on the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard on the afternoon of Sept. 12.
Employees reportedly watched them put items into their clothing and walk out of the store without paying. As they walked out, employees reportedly told them to stop, prompting the woman to stay and the man run away.
Officers later found the man in a wooded area further down the street and returned him to the store.
Police found multiple stolen items in the pair's possession, and found two straws in the woman's purse that she said contained traces of fentanyl. During the search of their vehicle, officers found a "heroin kit" that included used needles, a metal spoon and other items.
The man was charged with theft and possession of drug abuse instruments, while the woman was charged with theft, possession of criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were both taken to the Franklin County Jail.
In other recent Westerville police incident reports:
* A 31-year-old Columbus man was arrested after allegedly stealing money from an employee at Mount Carmel St. Ann's.
According to reports, the man had been treated for a head wound on the evening of Sept. 12.
About an hour after he was released, an employee went to her car and found the man sleeping in her vehicle, which she had left unlocked. She called security, and they took the man back inside the hospital.
The woman found that she was missing money from her wallet, which was eventually discovered in the man's pockets. He was arrested and charged with theft.
* Someone vandalized a construction site on the corner of County Line and Africa roads between Sept. 7 and 11.
According to reports, someone crushed an electronic sign board with a lift arm, causing an estimated $1,000 in damages.
The equipment reportedly had smeared mud and footprints on it.