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Stolen car tracked via victim's cellphone

A cellphone helped Grandview Heights police to find and arrest two Columbus women who were driving a stolen car Oct. 9.

Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Timberman Road on a report of a car theft in progress. The victim had left his cellphone in his car and was able to keep police updated on the location of the car by tracking the phone, reports said.

Police found the vehicle on Northridge Road in Columbus with the two women inside.

They arrested Elizabeth Ann Yuraitis, 18, of Medina Avenue and Aunna Kerin Verma, 18, of Chesterton Square East. Each was charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property and taken to the Franklin County jail.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

* A Pickerington man asking people for money Oct. 12 ended up getting a trip to the Franklin County jail.

Officers were dispatched that day to Village Court in Marble Cliff on a report of a suspicious person asking for money. They found Stephen M. Alexander, 29, of Vanderbilt Street in Pickerington standing by his car in the 1200 block of Cambridge Boulevard. Police discovered Alexander had a traffic warrant through the Ohio State Highway Patrol and arrested him.

Officers also found a brown box in Alexander's car that contained drug paraphernalia and a bag in the ashtray containing a white powder Alexander identified as being heroin, according to reports. He was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs before being taken to jail, reports said.

* A man reported Oct. 7 his credit card was stolen the morning of Oct. 3 while he was at a home in the 1000 block of Edgehill Drive.