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Grandview: Bikes go missing from porches, yards across city

Grandview Heights police reported a rash of bicycle thefts in recent weeks.

On June 2, officers received reports of bicycles stolen from residences in the 800 block of McClain Road and 900 block of Woodhill Drive.

The McClain Road resident reported a bicycle was stolen from the fenced-in yard and that the gate was unlocked.

The Woodhill Drive resident said a bicycle had been stolen late in the evening May 30 and two others were stolen between 7 a.m. June 1 and 9:50 a.m. June 2. Those bikes had been secured with a lock, but the lock cable was cut, according to reports. The latter two bikes were recovered June 2 after being left in a neighbor's front yard.

On May 30, bicycles were reported stolen from homes in the 1200 block of Burr Avenue and the 1100 block of Mulford Road.

A bicycle also was reported stolen May 28 from the front porch of a residence in the 900 block of Oxley Road.

In other recent Grandview Heights police reports:

* Traffic stops May 30 and 31 each resulted in arrests on felony drug possession charges.

Ryan L. Strome, 20, of Mulford Road was arrested and charged with possession of drugs May 30 after the car he was riding in was stopped for making a prohibited turn on a red light at the intersection of Grandview and First avenues. The officer could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the car and ordered the driver to hand over the marijuana, which he did, according to reports. In searching the vehicle, the officer found a jar of mushrooms, and Strome admitted they were his, according to police reports. He was taken to the Franklin County jail. The driver was charged with possession of marijuana and released at the scene.

Nicholas A. Benver, 24, of Twin Oaks Drive in Powell was arrested May 30 after being stopped after almost causing a crash with a marked police cruiser at West First and Ashland avenues, according to reports. Benver showed signs of being impaired through use of unknown drugs and was placed under arrest. A search of his vehicle revealed heroin and drug paraphernalia, reports said. Benver was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving left of center and operating a vehicle while under the influence. He was released to a relative.

* Officers were dispatched about 4:30 a.m. May 28 to a home in the 1100 block of Lincoln Road on a report of a burglary. The resident told police he chased a man out of his house. He said a set of keys and $40 in cash were missing.

Earlier that morning, officers were dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of Urlin Avenue for a possible bicycle theft from a garage. The resident gave a description that closely matched that of the Lincoln Road burglary suspect and said the man fled the scene on a bicycle. It turned out the garage had not been entered and nothing was taken, reports said.

* Police are investigating a breaking and entering that took place at 4:30 a.m. May 15 at Second Chance Consignment Shop, 1803 W. Fifth Ave., reports said.

Officers were sent to the store on a report of a burglar alarm. They found a rear door apparently had been forced open and a cash drawer containing $1,000 was missing, according to reports.

* Jeremy S. McFarland, 32, of Palmer Road was arrested May 24 and charged with a felony count of domestic violence and a misdemeanor count of assault following an incident at his home. A woman reported McFarland had struck her in the right side with a closed fist and had earlier threatened to kill her. She was taken to the hospital. McFarland was arrested and placed in the back of a police cruiser, reports said. While being transported to the police department, he slammed his head into the plastic partition, causing several small lacerations, according to reports. He was treated by paramedics before being taken to the Franklin County jail.

* Two residents of the 800 block of Timberman Road reported their unlocked vehicles were entered overnight May 21 while parked at their homes. The first resident reported a battery booster pack, jumper cables, sunglasses, USB ports, a three-pack of body spray, miscellaneous clothing, a cigarette adapter and change were stolen from her car. The second resident reported about $5 in change was taken from his car.

* Officers responded May 22 to an anonymous report of drug sales at a Mulford Road residence. A consent search was conducted, and a syringe and burnt spoon were recovered, but no illegal drugs were found, according to reports. Officers confiscated the syringe and spoon.

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