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Grandview: Double reports of theft at church, damage at park

Grandview Heights police experienced two cases of deja vu last week as they responded to a pair of reports for repeat offenses at the same locations.

An officer was dispatched April 3 to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd., where an employee reported a section of a copper downspout was stolen from the exterior of the building. An unsuccessful attempt also was made to remove another section, reports said.

The church had reported March 28 that three copper downspouts had been stolen.

Police were called March 31 to Pierce Field to take another report of damage to a decorative stone wall apparently caused by a skateboard. A similar report was made March 26.

In other recent Grandview police reports:

* A passenger in a car stopped April 1 on West First Avenue at Avondale Avenue for a muffler violation was arrested on a felony charge of possession of drugs, according to reports.

Francis Alexander Johnson, 23, of Stevens Avenue in Columbus was arrested after he reportedly showed signs of being impaired by drugs. When police questioned him, Johnson admitted having 2.8 grams of crack cocaine in his right shoe, reports said. Police recovered the cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. Johnson was arrested and taken to the Franklin County jail.

* Police arrested Timyatta M. Hodge, 24, of Wager Street in Columbus on March 23 on a felony warrant out of Franklin County. Hodge was the passenger of a vehicle stopped on West Goodale Boulevard at Timberman Road for a traffic violation. Hodge's warrant was discovered during a routine identification check. After her arrest, police found a crack pipe in her purse and also charged Hodge with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

* A man reported April 3 the window of his car was shattered and his wallet was stolen from the vehicle's center console while the car was parked in a lot west of Bobcat Avenue. The man's credit card reportedly was used at a gas station.

* A resident of the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue reported an attempted burglary April 6. A basement glass-block window was broken and the bottom of the window was pushed inward, but no entry to the house was made, reports said.

* A resident of the 1200 block of Grandview Avenue reported April 5 that his bicycle was stolen from his garage.

Police also received a report April 2 of the theft of a bicycle from a garage at a residence in the 1200 block of Westwood Avenue.

* The property manager at Summit Chase Condominiums, 1000 Urlin Ave., reported March 18 that two bronze plaques were stolen. The plaques were each about 24 inches by 16 inches in size and embossed with the Summit Chase logo, attached to the building by screws. The theft occurred between March 10 and 12, reports said.