Clintonville: Man banned from store after restroom feast

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The manager of a store on the 2800 block of North High Street told Columbus police a man stole a bottle of rum at 10:39 a.m. Sept. 8 and subsequently was banned from the store.

However, the man returned to the store about an hour later, took another bottle of rum and a large container of fried chicken from the deli, and carried them into the men’s restroom to consume them, reports said.

When the manager confronted the man in the restroom, he reportedly became combative and refused to leave until police arrived.

The suspect, who was intoxicated, was ordered never to return to any of the store’s locations, reports said.

The stolen items were worth $28, according to reports.

In other recent Clintonville police reports:

• Officers were dispatched to a business on the 4900 block of North High Street at 10:58 a.m. Sept. 6 on a disturbance call.

There, the store’s manager said she confronted a man who allegedly was attempting to steal $3 worth of food. The man reportedly threatened the manager, then left the store and used spray paint to write “white racist” in 10-foot-tall letters on the store’s glass windows.

Police reports noted the paint was still wet when the suspect was taken into custody, and two cans of spray paint and stolen food items were found in his backpack.

Damage to the window was estimated at $50.

• A man reported he was outside a business on the 3600 block of North High Street at 9:12 p.m. Sept. 6 when a man with a towel over his left arm and hand approached and demanded his wallet.

The suspect reportedly told the victim he had a gun under the towel and that he would shoot him if he didn’t surrender the wallet.

The victim said he refused to hand over his property, and the suspect fled.

• A resident of the 4900 block of Fuller Drive told police she was assaulted by a caregiver at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1.

The victim said the suspect threw a small end table at her, causing bruises.

She said she knows the suspect only by a first name and could not provide a description.

• A man reported his bag was stolen from a locker at a business on the 200 block of Graceland Boulevard between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Sept. 4.

The bag contained shoes, keys, a wallet and $600 cash, according to reports.

• A man told police he was assaulted at 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at a business on the 4900 block of North High Street.

The victim said he was on the back patio of the business when an unknown man began assaulting him “for no reason.”

• A resident of Lunar Drive told police a friend of his daughter’s boyfriend had threatened his family via text message at 9:35 p.m. Sept. 4.

The suspect, who also is a former employee of the victim, reportedly threatened to kill the family and burn down their house.

• A resident of East Weber Road reported at 3:50 p.m. Sept. 8 that a known person threatened to kill her family via repeated messages on social media.

• Two people accused each other of assault after an incident at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 5 on the 500 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard.

The dispute reportedly centered around groceries that both suspects claimed as their own.

• An SUV worth $30,000 was reported stolen between 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and 7 a.m. Sept. 1 from the 300 block of Canyon Drive North.

• Officers were dispatched to a business on the 3300 block of Indianola Avenue at 7:46 p.m. Sept. 5 on a report of a robbery.

There, an employee said a man walked into the store, grabbed three cases of beer and left.

The employee said she chased the man, but he shoved her to the ground, then got into a vehicle and fled southbound on Indianola.

The stolen beer is worth $54, reports said.

• A resident of the 400 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard said a known suspect caused $200 in damage to the door and window of a vehicle at 4:36 a.m. Sept. 8.