Two men charged in drive-by purse snatching
Grove City police arrested two men Feb. 26 in connection with a drive-by purse snatching in which the victim was dragged in a Stringtown Road parking lot.
The two men -- Joseph G. Blanton, 27, of Galloway, and Adam J. Havens, 26, of Washington Courthouse -- were arrested and charged with felony robbery, police reported. Reports said the two stole a woman's purse by driving up to her at 9:20 p.m. Feb. 26 in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, grabbing her purse and dragging her from their car until she let go of the purse. A small child was in the back seat of the car.
Police quickly located the car afterward on the Stringtown Road exit to Interstate 71 south, reports said.
The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and released.
Blanton reportedly told police during his arrest that the men were trying to steal gas money to make it home and he has been a heroin user for three years, but he refused to give a statement at the police station. Havens, who was driving and whose 2-year-old daughter was in the back seat of the car, told police he didn't know what Blanton had planned and he panicked after the incident by driving away. The child was put in the custody of her grandmother, and Fayette County Children Services was sent a copy of the report.
In other recent Grove City Division of Police incident reports:
* Officers arrested a 19-year-old Columbus man for forgery at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 25, at a bank in the 2200 block of Stringtown Road where he tried to cash a counterfeit check. A bank employee reported the number on the check was short a zero, and when she attempted to pass it, a fraud alert was activated.
* Police responded to a burglary in progress reported at 11:25 p.m. Feb. 24 at a residence in the 4200 block of Lemert Drive. Three men in dark-colored clothing were seen entering through a broken window and leaving the area in a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Camaro. More than $2,000 worth of items were reported stolen including two video game systems, a television and a laptop computer. Additionally, $220 worth of damage was reported to a door and window. According to reports, three suspects were seen at a gas station in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road. The suspects included a light-skinned black man with sun spots on his face and neck and wearing an orange shirt; a white man with partial facial hair and wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black shorts and white longjohns; and a black man with an afro and wearing jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a gray ball cap.
* Another burglary was reported between 8:34 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Feb. 26, at a residence in the 6100 block of Catawba Drive. More than $3,000 worth of items were stolen including a computer tablet, jewelry, MP3 player and videogame system.
* A Reynoldsburg woman reported she was followed and threatened by her ex-boyfriend between 5:55 and 6:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Southpark Place. According to reports, she had changed her phone number after he continued to send her texts and calls, and he followed her to work from a gas station. There, he refused to let her go inside and reportedly said he would get her fired, assault a friend of hers with a baseball bat and shoot her if she didn't leave with him. Charges of aggravated menacing and domestic violence were filed against the man, a 37-year-old Grove City resident. Police made contact with him and told him to turn himself in, but he refused.
* Between 3:30 and 6 a.m. Feb. 25, several raw eggs were thrown at a residence and driveway in the 4600 block of Gershwin Court. The owner reported this is not the first time his residence has been vandalized and he suspects it has to do with his ethnicity. He also reported that even with a power washer the stains won't come off, so he is unsure how much the damage will cost.
* About $230 worth of medication was stolen from a locked cabinet in the pharmacy room at 8 a.m. Feb. 23, at the Buckeye Ranch, 5665 Hoover Road. According to reports, employees have keys to the hallway and room, but only medical staff have keys to the cabinets
* Four steel doors were reported stolen at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 27, from an apartment building under renovation in the 3200 block of Hoover Road. The suspect is described as a man between 60 and 70 years old, 6-feet and 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighing 160 to 190 pounds, with a scruffy appearance. The name of the individual under which the suspect's vehicle license plate number is registered has made hundreds of transactions for scrap metal, according to reports.
About $100 worth of damage was reported to a vehicle broken into between 6 and 8 a.m. March 1 in the 4200 block of Beechgrove Drive. Nothing was reported stolen.
* Sometime between Feb. 28 and March 1, coins were reported stolen from the center console of a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 4100 block of Ashgrove Drive.