A thief removed a woman's handbag from the passenger seat of her unoccupied vehicle while she was preparing to pay for her gasoline purchase on the 5800 block of Sawmill Road.

According to Columbus Division of Police incident reports, the woman said she had forgotten to lock her car doors when she went to the pay booth station to purchase her gas at 4:12 p.m. April 2.

As she was returning to her vehicle, another customer told her someone had reached into her vehicle while she was paying and removed her $100 purse.

The thief reportedly entered a silver car with a New York state license plate, and the vehicle's driver drove away.

Another witness reportedly followed the thief's vehicle out of the parking lot and for several blocks but was unable to continue because the thief's vehicle was not stopping at red lights and continuing to drive through the intersections.

The witness told police he was able to see only a portion of the vehicle's license plate.

In other recent incident reports from northwest Columbus:

* A woman living on the 5300 block of Shannon Lane told Columbus police she believes a man who was working inside her residence stole two bottles of prescription medications

The thefts were believed to have occurred between 10 a.m. March 3 and 7 p.m. March 27. The thefts were reported at 9:56 a.m. April 2.

* A loaded magazine for a 9mm handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 2500 block of Burlawn Court on April 1.

The theft is believed to have occurred between 2 and 3 a.m. April 1.

* An Urbana man told police a man approached him, pointed a handgun at his head and threatened him at 4 a.m. April 4 on the 5600 block of Chippewa Falls Street.

* Someone broke the lock off the front door of a business on the 1800 block of Hard Road and stole the cash register and an undisclosed amout of cash.

The incident occurred between 1 and 10:30 a.m. April 7.