A resident of the 600 block of Indian Summer Drive told Columbus police he believes someone tried to break into his house via a second-floor window Oct. 16.

The man said when he returned to his home that day, he noted his recycling bin -- which was beneath a second-floor bathroom window -- had been tipped over.

On Oct. 20, he noticed palm prints and fingerprints on the outside of the window and then saw that shingles on the exterior of a chimney near the recycling bin were dented, as if someone had stepped on them.

The victim said he believes someone tried to use the recycling bin to climb into the house through the bathroom window.

In other recent Clintonville-area police reports:

* An employee of a business on the 4900 block of North High Street reported he confronted some people he had suspected of shoplifting at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22.

He said the suspects became angry and threw a stack of magazines at him, causing minor cuts to his face.

The suspects then ran from the store with $20 worth of candy bars, according to reports.

* A woman reported she was involved in a physical altercation with a man at 6:05 p.m. Oct. 21 outside a business on the 3100 block of North High Street.

According to reports, the man pushed the woman's head into the business' plate-glass window, causing the window to shatter.

The woman transported herself to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a bump on her head, reports said. She declined to press charges.

However, the business asked that charges be filed against the man in regards to the broken window. The man was issued a summons, reports said.

Damage to the window was estimated at $500.

* Between Oct. 16 and 22, four residents reported mail being stolen from the mailboxes behind the Beechwold Post Office, 4364 N. High St.

In all four cases, the residents reported checks were stolen from the mailboxes, altered and cashed for amounts ranging from $800 to $2.064.

* A resident of the first block of Clinton Heights Avenue said someone tried to enter her residence via an outside cellar door at midnight Oct. 18.

Though the would-be intruder did not enter the home, the metal door was bent and the concrete around the door was loosened, reports said.

* Officers responded to a business on the 3300 block of Indianola Avenue at 10:40 p.m. Oct. 21 on a report of a robbery.

When they arrived, an employee told police someone entered the business and stole $69 worth of beer but did not make threats or display a weapon.

When the thief left the business, a witness followed him to a vehicle parked outside, where the thief reportedly shoved him to the ground before leaving.

* A man told police his car worth $5,000 was stolen between 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 8 a.m. Oct. 18 from a parking lot on the 500 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard.

The man said the spare keys to the stolen vehicle were taken from another vehicle he owns that was parked next to it in the lot.

* A man told police someone broke into his vehicle between Oct. 2 and 21 while it was parked on the 400 block of Arden Road and stole a rifle worth $350, ammunition valued at $150 and a $50 gun case.

Reports said the empty case later was found by a passerby at Arden Road and Colerain Avenue.

* A resident of the 200 block of Westwood Road told police someone scratched the phrase, "I want to kill you," into her vehicle, which was parked in her driveway, between 3 p.m. Oct. 22 and 9:50 a.m. Oct. 23.

* A suspect was issued a summons after reportedly exposing his genitals and urinating in front of a business on the 4300 block of Indianola Avenue at 6:44 p.m. Oct. 22.

* A man reported a vehicle worth $5,000 was stolen between 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 11 a.m. Oct. 22 while it was parked in his driveway on the 100 block of Oakland Park Avenue.

* A vehicle worth $2,000 was reported stolen between 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 7:50 a.m. Oct. 17 from the 2800 block of East Avenue.

* An officer working special duty at a business on the 2800 block of North High Street said someone flagged him down and pointed out a person reportedly attempting to steal $29 worth of cola.

The officer stopped the would-be shoplifter and issued a summons for theft, reports said.