Northwest Columbus: Employee AWOL with north west Columbus company’s truck, credit card


A representative of a Sawmill Road business told Columbus police at 8:30 a.m. June 21 a new employee absconded with a company truck and credit card shortly after he was hired.

According to Columbus Division of Police incident reports, the representative said the employee initially was a “good fit.”

However, as of 8 p.m. June 19, the employee had not returned to work, nor did he return the company’s vehicle or credit card.

Reports said the credit card has been used 23 times at two gasoline stations in Columbus’ Hilltop neighborhood.

In other incident reports from northwest Columbus:

* Assorted tools and a pair of sunglasses worth a combined value of $500 were reported stolen during a break-in that occurred between 9 p.m. June 16 and 7:30 a.m. June 17 on the 2900 block of Sunbridge Lane.

The victim told police someone opened her garage door and stole the items.

* A woman living on the 2300 block of Meadow Spring Circle reported on June 18 she had given someone $600 cash as a deposit for an apartment she had found online, but the person has stopped responding to phone calls and text messages.

* A woman living on the 2000 block of Rosalie Circle told police June 20 that she had mailed a personal check to her mortgage company April 2.

She told police she was informed by the mortgage company that the check was never received so she assumed it had been lost.

However, when she attempted to make a purchase using the same account on which the mortgage check had been written, there were insufficient funds.

She was able to determine the original check had been intercepted by someone, changed to a larger amount and cashed without her knowledge.

* Two touring bicycles worth a combined value of $5,100 were reported stolen from a vehicle on the 5500 block of Bowland Place North.

The victim told police that between 2 and 5 p.m. June 21, someone removed the bicycles that had been locked on a carrier attached to the rear of her vehicle.

* An employee of a business on the 500 block of Tuttle Crossing Boulevard said a customer attempted to purchase a lighter with a $5 bill at 12:10 a.m. June 23.

As the clerk was making change, the customer reached over the counter and into the cash drawer of the register and grabbed two $1 bills and a $10 bill and then fled the store on foot.

* A representative of a business on the 4800 block of Aspen Pine Boulevard reported the theft of a $2,100 computer and a $381 computer monitor that had been delivered to the doorway of the business.

The thefts occurred at noon June 20, according to reports.

* Two people were charged with misdemeanor counts of theft after they were stopped by a retail business’ loss-prevention personnel at 5:45 p.m. June 18 on the 2700 block of Bethel Road.

Reports said each of the persons charged had attempted to leave the business without paying for more than $500 worth of clothing.

* A woman living on the 700 block of Clarington Court reported someone entered her residence by crawling through a kitchen window at 12:01 a.m. June 20 and stole $1,500 cash.

* A shoplifter stole $16 worth of cosmetics from a business on the 900 block of Bethel Road at 6:23 p.m. June 21.

Reports said the thief entered the store with an empty bag and went to the cosmetics area of the business and placed the items in the bag.

When confronted by store employees, the thief threatened them and fled with the stolen items.

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