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Grandview Heights: Heroin, stolen gun, copper recovered after Feb. 8 arrests

Grandview Heights police recovered stolen bundles of copper, a stolen handgun and heroin in three recent incidents that each resulted in arrests.

Kevin R. Defee, 40, and Mendifer R. Hubble, 43, both of Scott Street in Columbus, were arrested Feb. 8 and charged with breaking and entering after officers found several bundles of processed copper in the back of their vehicle, reports said.

A subsequent investigation revealed the copper had been stolen from a company in the 700 block of Goodale Boulevard.

Police located the vehicle being driven by Defee in a rail yard near Grandview Avenue and Douglas Street. Officers were investigating a set of tire tracks in the snow leading into the rail yard, according to reports.

Defee and Hubble were taken to the Franklin County jail.

Just after 1 a.m. Feb. 8, an officer stopped a vehicle on Dublin Road at Adena Drive for having a broken taillight.

A registration check revealed the car's license plates belonged to another vehicle, reports said.

Police discovered the driver, Diedreikus D. Albert of Terry Drive in Reynoldsburg, was driving under a suspended license and a felony warrant had been issued for him for a parole violation. Officers also found a stolen handgun in the center console of the car, according to reports.

Albert was arrested and charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property, improperly handling firearms in a vehicle and having a weapon while under disability (fugitive from justice), as well as on charges of unauthorized use of license plates and driving under suspension. He was taken to the Franklin County jail.

On Feb. 6, Louis G. Essig of Virginia Avenue was arrested and charged with a felony count of possession of drugs after officers reported finding heroin concealed in his jacket.

Essig's car was stopped on Hope Avenue at Haines Avenue after he failed to use his signal, reports said.

According to police, Essig made several abrupt turns as he attempted to elude officers before stopping his car on Inglis Avenue at Hope.

He was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters. Police asked him several times if he had any contraband concealed on his person, but Essig repeatedly denied possessing any illegal substance, reports said.

Essig was taken to the Franklin County jail, where 0.15 grams of powder heroin were found concealed in his jacket, according to reports. Although Essig reportedly claimed the substance was brown sugar, tests revealed it was heroin.

Essig was charged with felony counts of possession of drugs and bringing an illegal substance into the jail. He also was charged with failure to comply with the order of a police officer and failure to signal.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

* A woman reported her purse, which contained $475 in cash, was stolen Feb. 4 from her car while it was parked in the 1500 block of Cambridge Boulevard. She said she left the purse on the front seat of her car for a few minutes and when she returned, she found the driver's-side window had been shattered and the purse taken. A debit card in the purse was used after the theft, reports said.