Grove City: Man uses hotel copier to counterfeit $20 bills
Grove City police arrested a Columbus man after he attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at 3:23 p.m. April 11, at a pizza shop in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard.
The man, 22, is charged with criminal simulation and theft. He left the scene prior to police arrival, taking the bill with him, but was found nearby at another restaurant in the same block.
According to police reports, the man initially told police he did not realize the bill was fraudulent until the cashier at the restaurant told him, and that he had received it from a friend. But when questioned by a detective, he admitted he had been using the copier machine at a local motel to make the counterfeit bills, and has been doing so for several weeks.
He also told police he's used the counterfeit bills at two other Grove City restaurants on Broadway.
In other recent incident reports from from the Grove City Division of Police:
* Between 6:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. April 11, a residence in the 2800 block of Parlin Drive was burglarized. Police found no signs of forced entry but the owner's boyfriend, who was staying at the residence at the time, reportedly left a back door unlocked.
A laptop computer, two video game systems, games, a cellphone and luggage were stolen.
* While driving home after dropping her father at work at 12:40 p.m. April 9, a resident of the 2600 block of Brunswick Drive received a text telling her someone was at her house.
She arrived to find a blue, four-door Saturn driving away with two people she recognized inside. The front door to her house was unlocked, and inside, she found her mother's laptop computer, valued at $600, missing.
* Nothing was stolen, but a break-in was reported between 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. April 8 at a residence in the 6200 block of Shummer Street. A resident arrived home and found two dressers open, a storage cabinet and a jewelry box flipped over. Witnesses reported seeing a gray minivan parked in front of the residence with a white male sitting in the driver seat during that time.
* More than $1,200 worth of damage was reported to electrical equipment between March 24 and April 10 at the WMNI Radio Broadcast Tower, 3201 Marlane Drive. Workers found the control room hot and then discovered a number of electric boxes that provided electricity to the air conditioning unit had been stripped of their copper wiring. The lack of air conditioning may have resulted in damage to other equipment in the control room.
* A resident's vehicle was broken into between 4:30 and 7:10 p.m. April 10, while it was parked in the 4000 block of Marlane Drive, resulting in $261 worth of damage. The owner's debit card was stolen from the vehicle and used to make two purchases totaling more than $160.
* Someone broke into a vehicle between 6 and 8:30 p.m. April 10, while it was parked in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway. Damage estimated at $300 was done to a window, and $100 and a cellphone were stolen.
* Another vehicle was reported broken into between 2 and 8 p.m. April 10 in the 1900 block of Ohio Drive. In addition to $200 worth of damage to a window, a bookbag, clothing, a suitcase, makeup and a Kindle tablet were stolen.
* Between noon and 3:30 p.m. April 9, a cellphone, wallet and sunglasses were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3100 block of Lewis Centre Way. While there were no signs of forced entry, the owners suspects access was gained through the driver side window, which was covered with plastic as a result of a previous break-in.
* Around $1,500 worth of items, including a video game system, GPS unit and tools, were reported stolen between 5 and 8 p.m. April 10 from an unlocked truck parked in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.
* The sidewalk between Jackson Middle School, 2271 Holton Road, and its athletic track was spraypainted with an obscenity between April 6 and 8.
* Shortly before 6 p.m. April 9, police responded to reports of a man trying fight several people at Columbus MMA, 3663 Garden Court. Officers found the man, a 41-year-old resident of Spokane, Wash., inside the business where he told them he had only wanted to spar members of the mixed-martial arts gym.
Officers reported he spelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech. Witnesses also reported the man had urinated in front of a nearby business in view of several people. The man was issued a summons to appear in Mayor's Court on charges of public indecency disorderly intoxication, and released into the care of his wife.