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Grandview: Potential thief escapes despite help from chopper

Grandview Heights police responded to a pair of businesses last weekend when suspicious people were observed on the properties.

The owner of a business in the 700 block of West Goodale Boulevard called police Feb. 23 after someone was seen walking through the company's scrap yard. Officers set up a perimeter around the yard and searched the area with assistance from a Columbus police helicopter, but no one was found, reports said.

On the afternoon of Feb. 22, an officer on patrol observed two people loading a large pipe into a pickup truck at a business in the 900 block of Williams Avenue. The truck was backed up to a fenced area where metal pipe is stored, reports said.

Both individuals told police they had permission to take the pipe, but a supervisor at the company denied their claim, according to reports. The supervisor asked that the people be removed from the property and said the company may contact police to file charges.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

* An employee of a business in the 700 block of West Goodale Boulevard reported Feb. 21 that 18 company checks, together worth $17,004, had been forged and cashed in the Columbus area.

Two other checks, together worth $1,297, also had been forged, but the company was reimbursed for one by its bank and the other check was not accepted, according to reports.

* Officers were dispatched around 3 a.m. Feb. 22 on a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 1300 block of West Second Avenue. When they arrived, they found a drunken Columbus man sitting on a couch in the home, reports said.

The homeowner said he had left his front door unlocked and the man walked into his house. The man woke the homeowner's niece, who had been sleeping on the couch. She told police she did not know the man.

He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct/intoxication and criminal trespassing and taken to the Franklin County jail.

* A Columbus man was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs after police and medics were dispatched about 8:30 a.m. Feb. 21 to the intersection of Bluff and Westwood avenues, where the man was passed out in his vehicle, reports said. The car was running and still in drive at a stop sign, according to reports.

Donzell A. Reaves, 36, of South Eureka Avenue in Columbus was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital. A glass pipe was found on his person and a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana was found in his vehicle, according to reports. A small bag of white powder also was found and later was determined to be cocaine, police said.

A warrant was issued for the felony drug charge and for driving under suspension, reports said.