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Background check turns up warrant, leads to arrest

Grandview Heights police received notification Feb. 1 from the FBI that a Grandview man was in the background stage of purchasing a firearm.

During the background check, the system revealed an active warrant for the man. Officers responded and arrested the man at his home in the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue. While at the residence, officers reportedly noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The man voluntarily surrendered four grams of marijuana and a glass pipe to officers. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to the Franklin County jail.

In other recent Grandview Heights police reports:

* A rental car was reported stolen between midnight Feb. 2 and 10 a.m. Feb. 3 from the 1100 block of Mulford Road. The man renting the car said its keys had been left in the residence where he was staying. A charge of "unauthorized use of a vehicle -- joy riding" later was filed against the owner of the residence.

* An employee of a business in the 1000 block of Dublin Road reported Feb. 1 the passenger-side lock and steering column of a company vehicle were damaged in an apparent attempt to steal the vehicle. The vehicle was damaged while the business was closed. Damage was estimated at $1,200.

* Police officers and Grandview firefighters were dispatched about 9:54 p.m. Jan. 25 to a reported house fire in the 1200 block of West First Avenue, but no fire was found. When they arrived, officers could not raise anyone at the home and forced entry through the locked front door, reports said. No one was in the house. Columbus and Upper Arlington firefighters also responded. No fire was detected, only smoke coming from the basement furnace.

* The caregiver for a resident in the 1800 block of West First Avenue reported Jan. 22 that when another caregiver and the resident attempted to use the resident's debit card Jan. 19 at a store, it was denied. It was discovered someone had obtained the card number and made an unauthorized purchase of $250 at a store in West Virginia. A second transaction at the same store was attempted but denied. The card has been canceled and a new card will be issued to the resident, whose account will be reimbursed by her bank, reports said.