Grove City: Woman, 84, falls victim to telephone scam
Grove City police are investigating a telephone scam targeting a local senior citizen.
An 84-year-old woman told police that on March 11, she received a phone call in her Grove City home from a man purporting to be her grandson. He asked her to wire him money, claiming he had been involved in an automobile accident in Bolivia.
The resident wired $2,800 but the scammer called again the next day, asking for more to settle the damages, police reports said. At that point, she called her grandson to verify the story. She reached him at home in Texas, and he verified he had not called his grandmother, reports said.
In other recent Grove City Division of Police incident reports:
* Sometime between 2 and 2:50 p.m. March 12, a suspicious man on a red bicycle reported approached a girl walking home from Richard Avenue Elementary School in the 3800 block of Richard Avenue and asked her questions such as where does she live, were her parents home and did she have a dog. He also gave her dog treats, but he left after a neighbor told him to leave.
The girl, who the neighbor recognized but whose name he did not know, continued on her way. Police informed the school administration to pass along information about the stranger to staff and crossing guards. The man is described as white, in his late 40s with gray facial hair. He was wearing an Ohio State hoodie and Cleveland Browns toboggan hat.
* At 4:45 p.m. March 9 and 11:13 a.m. March 10, an alarm was set off by a motion detector at Hayes Intermediate School, 4436 Haughn Road. After both instances, it appeared that no break-in had occurred. But on March 11, a number of items were discovered to have been stolen from the school, including 25 bags of candy, a pack of mechanical pencils, 10 mini-laser pointers and three computer speakers, the value of which is yet to be determined. Entry appears to have occurred through an open window of a classroom, and it is unknown when the theft occurred.
* During a breaking and entering reported between March 15 and 16, at a business in the 3600 block of Broadway, a laptop computer valued at $900 was reported stolen and a window was broken resulting in $500 worth of damage.
* Two white males, possibly in their 20s, were seen spraypainting and egging two vehicles between 3 and 3:20 p.m. March 12, in the 3400 block of Devin Road and leaving in a white or gray Chevy Cavalier. The damage they caused is estimated to be $6,000 between the two vehicles. One of the victims suspects two former friends who drive a car with a matching description of the suspect vehicle.
* An 18-year-old Grove City man was issued a summons for public indecency and released after he was caught masturbating at 6:15 p.m. March 14, in a business in the 1500 block of Stringtown Road. He was seen and detained by the business's loss prevention officer until police arrival. The suspect told police he "didn't mean to do it. It just happened."
* Between 7 and 9:10 p.m. March 11, a vehicle was broken into while parked in the 1500 block of Stringtown Road, resulting in $200 worth of damage to a door lock.A suitcase, briefcase and clothing with a value of $850 was stolen along with a laptop computer valued at $1,500 belonging to the victim's company.
* A purse was stolen from a vehicle during a break-in between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. March 11, in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road. The owner's bank card subsequently was used at an local business. About $500 worth of damage was reported to the vehicle's window.
* A 21-year-old Galloway woman was cited and issued a summons for failing to reinstate her license and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found a bag of marijuana and a pipe during a traffic stop at 1:52 a.m. March 16, at Stringtown Road and Jackpot Road.The stop was initiated when she failed to use a turn signal.
* At 8:50 p.m. March 11, a resident of the 5700 block of Birch Bark Circle reported vandalism to his overhead garage door, storm door windows, entry door and exterior window resulting in broken glass, dents in the metal and chipped plastic. The value of the damage is unknown at this time, but a witness reported hearing a "pop" and seeing three males run off, but no other description was made.
* A student at Buckeye Ranch was charged with assault at 6:35 p.m. March 13, after it was reported he attacked another student at the facility, 5665 Hoover Road, and had to be physically restrained. The victim required stitches for cuts to his ear.
* About $200 worth of shirts were reported stolen at 9:36 p.m. March 13, from a restaurant in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive by a suspect described as a white man with a "rough appearance" wearing blue jeans and black winter coat who stuffed them under his shirt. He left in a four-door green vehicle.
* About $12,000 worth of copper pipe and aluminum downspouts were reported stolen at 9:33 a.m. March 13, off a vacant restaurant building in the 3100 block of Broadway, along with an additional $10,000 worth of damage to the plumbing.
* Between March 9 and 12, both license plates of a vehicle parked on the street in the 3700 block of Christopher Place were stolen and replaced with two that did not belong to the victim. The replacement plates were taken in as evidence.
* A Southwestern Career Academy student was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 11:20 a.m. March 12, at the school, 4750 Big Run South Road, after staff suspected him of being under the influence. When confronted, he admitted to smoking marijuana that day, and a glass pipe was found in his bookbag.