Grove City Record

Home invasion

Robbers may have been after settlement

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two men held two people at gunpoint in a bedroom in a Grove City home invasion robbery last week.

At 10:10 p.m. April 24, the two men, one armed with a shotgun, entered an unlocked residence in the 2700 block of Walden Bluff Court and went upstairs into the bedroom where a resident and friend were watching a movie.

One of the suspects demanded, "Where's the s---?," referring to money the resident recently received in an insurance settlement, the resident told police.

The resident refused to give the intruders any money, and the friend told them to leave. The suspects responded by shoving her down on the bed and searching the closet, but they found nothing and left without taking anything, Grove City police said. As they left the residence, the suspect with the shotgun is reported to have fallen down the stairs.

Outside, the unarmed man was seen leaving in a teal-colored, four-door sedan, possibly driven by a woman. The man with the shotgun ran between houses in the neighborhood toward Home Road.

The suspect with the shotgun was described as a white man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and something that was partially covering his face. However, the victims told police they recognized the robber with the shotgun, as well as the second man, a second white man, who they believe is an associate of the first man.

Police conducted a search of the area but did not locate the suspects. In the area of Home Road, officers found a camouflage hooded sweatshirt along with a black Ohio State University hat and a black mask.

Two shotgun shells were found in the Walden Bluff residence, but the gun was not fired during the incident. The suspect is believed to have racked the shotgun at least once.

At this time, no arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed.

Grove City Police Detective Matt Ryan said Tuesday, April 30, that investigators are still processing evidence.

"It's a pretty active investigation," he said. "Hopefully, we'll have some answers by the end of the week."

Ryan said the police are still working to verify the identity of the suspects. He added that they have not been able to verify the theory that the robbery was motivated to get money from the victim's insurance settlement.

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