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Thieves Target OSU Student Twice Since Start of Classes

Updated: Friday, August 23 2013, 08:02 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Steve Levine/Ken Hines) -- An Ohio State University Medical student claims he fell victim to two crimes during his first week living in central Ohio.

Tyler Sheetz told police he was held up at gunpoint Wednesday morning while studying in the front yard of his home just south of campus.

“I didn’t want to get killed over a laptop,” Sheetz said. “He was just like, 'Be cool, be cool.'"

Just days before that robbery, Sheetz, 22, said someone stole his locked bike from his front porch.

 "It’s not a very great welcome to Columbus, I’ll tell you that,” he said.

Eight off campus robberies have been reported to Columbus police since classes started in mid-August, including a robbery during which a student claimed to have been forced at gunpoint to drive a suspect to a bank on Cleveland Avenue and withdraw $260 from an ATM.

That victim said he was then ordered to drop the suspect in front of Huy Elementary School.

Police have made some arrests in connection with the robberies, but other perpetrators are still at large. Investigators have not determined if any of the crimes are connected.

Anyone with information about the robberies is encouraged to contact the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.Thieves Target OSU Student Twice Since Start of Classes

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