Steve Levine, WTTE FOX 28

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Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Steve:

More than a year after Gahanna gym theft, suspect still on the run

Crime Stoppers Of Central Ohio is offering a cash reward to identify a suspected identity thief. Gahanna Police tell ABC 6/FOX 28 on Thursday, March 14, 2019, an unidentified man stole a credit card from a locker at the Gahanna YMCA. According to investigators, the suspect used the stolen credit card to purchase an expensive computer at the Easton Town Center Apple store. → Read More

Columbus spent estimated $1.9 million on police overtime to cover downtown protests

Some Hilltop neighbors are glad to see familiar faces back in the neighborhood as Columbus Division of Police patrol officers who were recently assigned to cover downtown protests return to the community. "Happy to see them come back and welcome them with open arms," said Lisa Boggs. "We have a lot of work to do. " Boggs said while the officers were re-assigned, neighbors saw a slight uptick in… → Read More

Suspected identity thief caught on camera using cloned credit card, according to police

Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspected identity thief. Grove City Police said on March 11, an unidentified man used the identity of a Grove City resident to purchase a Best Buy prepaid gift card at a Get Go gas station at 2845 N. High Street in Columbus. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the… → Read More

Columbus woman working from home targeted by prepaid gift card scam

A Columbus woman is warning everyone working from home to be on alert for thieves trying to steal your cash. “It’s really upsetting, it really is,” said Tyara who asked not to be identified after she spent hundreds of dollars for prepaid cards after getting a bogus email from her boss while she was working from home. “Requested me to pick up some $100 google play cards,” said Tyara who tells ABC… → Read More

Police searching for murder suspect caught on surveillance camera

Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio is now offering a cash reward to find a suspect wanted for a 2019 deadly stabbing. Columbus Division of Police said detectives continue to search for the killer of Kyle Stewart, 29, who died after being stabbed at the Shop N’ Go Carry-out on April 22, 2019. Police say Stewart and his girlfriend were leaving the Livingston Avenue business when an unknown suspect… → Read More

Suspected crook wanted for cleaning out Hilltop car wash

Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio is offering a cash reward to find an alleged suspect who broke into a Hilltop business. Columbus Police tell ABC 6/FOX 28 on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at around 10 p. m. , an unidentified suspect caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by breaking into Mr. Good Car Wash located at 3820 Sullivant Ave. The suspect was captured on camera stealing hundreds of… → Read More

Better Business Bureau warns of lending scam that's making a comeback during pandemic

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of lending scam that’s making a comeback during the coronavirus outbreak. Suspected cyber crooks continue to work from home trying to steal cash from your bank account. “It’s just amazing how in the last week there are six new different scams out there,” said Kip Morse with the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio. ABC 6/FOX 28 has been following… → Read More

Suspected porch pirate gets stolen treasure snatched away from neighbor

A Columbus community is on the lookout for a wanted package thief after a delivery was stolen from a neighbor’s front door. “He just leaned over and grabbed it,” said Milon, as he stood in front of his Hamilton park home after a thief swiped a delivery from his front steps. “When you see it live, and you see someone stealing from you, you kind of feel helpless,” said Milon. The homeowner watched… → Read More

Con artists put new twist on "Grandparent scam" during coronavirus pandemic

Grandparents are being warned about a classic scam that’s making a COVID-19 comeback during the outbreak. “I got this call saying my grandson had the virus,” said Marilyn, an Ohio grandmother who said she nearly lost her savings to a con-artist. Marilyn told ABC 6/FOX 28 that someone claiming to be her grandchild called her at home, saying he had gotten into an accident and was arrested shortly… → Read More

Police searching for suspected credit card crooks in Dublin

Crime Stoppers Of Central Ohio offering a reward to find suspected criminals who broke into a car last month in Dublin and stole cash and credit cards. Dublin Police tell ABC 6/FOX 28 News that on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at around 9 a. m. , Dublin Police responded to a reported car break-in. Officers said the suspects broke the car door lock and stole cash and credit cards from the victim’s… → Read More

Easy ways to stop the 'zoom bombers' trying to hack into your virtual meeting

A video meeting site being used by friends and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic is taking steps to lock out uninvited guests. Zoom, the video conferencing company, is now offering additional passwords and creating waiting rooms for people using it’s free and lower-tier paid services to prevent “zoom bombing” by hackers. → Read More

More Columbus businesses say they've been hit with counterfeit bills

After ABC 6/FOX 28 uncovered phony cash being passed out in the Short North, other businesses across the city say they too have been targeted by counterfeiters. "I could tell just by the feel of it, the look of it” said Alice McKeever, who owns Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, a chain of cafes around Columbus. → Read More

Hilltop man helps police identify suspected porch pirate while he's in quarantine

Charges are expected to be filed soon against a Columbus man, who police say stole a package filled with disinfectant and sanitizer, from a man with underlying health conditions, who is quarantined in his Hilltop home. “There’s a million things I’d like to say to this guy,” said Michael Ravage, 65, as he talks about the suspect police say stole a package last month from Ravage’s S. Eureka home. → Read More

Central Ohio BBB tracking coronavirus scams, helping people cope with pandemic

Central Ohio consumers and businesses are now able to get tips and ideas about how to get through the coronavirus outbreak. “You can chat with us, call us, send us an email,” said Kip Morse, President Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio. The organization recently rolled out a new website:trustlocal. org. It allows consumers and businesses in 21 counties around Central Ohio to share… → Read More

Dozens evacuated from Franklin Township homes during early morning flooding

Nearly two dozen families are waiting to learn when they can return to their homes after being evacuated by firefighters during an early morning flooding in Franklin Township. "We got three inches in three hours," said Brian Kennedy. "Now they won't let us back. " Kennedy is among nearly 40 people who were ordered to leave their homes Friday morning near Rector Road. Nearly two dozen families… → Read More

Scammers targeting canceled convention exhibitors in Central Ohio

A Madison County equestrian organization is now warning expo and convention groups to be on the lookout for suspected scam artists offering bogus refunds to exhibitors and vendors. "Anybody is vulnerable," said Coagi Long, President of Equine Affaire Inc. → Read More

Blacklick woman hit by suspected toilet paper thieves during coronavirus pandemic

Alleged thieves apparently are using the recent toilet paper surge to beef up their bathroom supply. “They didn’t take the alcohol, they didn’t take the water that was in the backseat, they literally just took the toilet paper,” said Kirsten Huckaby, who says suspected crooks broke into her truck over the weekend and stole six rolls of toilet tissue. → Read More

Franklin County Sheriff patrols take steps to prevent being infected with coronavirus

Franklin County Sheriff Deputies are adding new weapons to their gear to fight the potential spread of the Coronavirus. "We are trying to minimize the exposure and impact, for the wellness of the deputies," said Chief Jim Gilbert with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. Gilbert tells ABC 6/FOX 28 before each shift, patrol deputies are using sanitary wipes to clean their equipment and their… → Read More

Suspect allegedly passing counterfeit money in the Short North and other neighborhoods

Columbus retailers are being urged to pay close attention to their cash after a string of funny money popped up in the Short North. “He seemed very calm, and very practiced, “said Dan Brewster, owner of Prologue Bookshop on North High Street. Brewster made the comments after someone unsuccessfully tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill in his store in January. “Really knows what he was doing,… → Read More

Trailer owners urged to beef up security after rash of trailer thefts across Columbus

A string of trailer thefts around Columbus, have owners taking steps to prevent their vehicles from becoming “hot wheels. ” “There’s been years, where we’ve lost as many as 12 in one year,” said Jim Rauck, with Rock’s Trailer Sales on Harrisburg Pike. While the business has not been targeted recently thanks to Roxie the security dog who regularly patrols the property, other locations in Columbus… → Read More