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Grove City: Man armed with handgun robs gas station April 23

Sunday May 12, 2013 6:31 PM

A man wearing a hat and sweatshirt pulled over his head, entered the Speedway gas station at 3135 Broadway and threatened the clerk with a handgun he had tucked in the waistband of his pants at 11:55 p.m. April 23.

The suspect threatened to kill the clerk if the clerk did not empty the cash register. After receiving $460, the suspect told the clerk he would come back and kill him if he called the police, then fled southbound on foot.

Described as a white male about 5-foot-5 tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds, the suspect was wearing a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap, a zipped-up black sweatshirt and black cargo pants.

In other news recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:

* At 2:45 p.m. April 24, a resident of of the 1900 block of Oaklawn Court reported seeing a suspicious man in the area following her daughter and nephew in a car as they walked home from a school and taking pictures of them.

The man, described as a white man in his late 40s with glasses and reddish hair, drove a maroon Mitsubishi Lancer. When confronted by the resident who told him he had no business taking pictures of the children or the houses, he responded with profanity and said he would take pictures of whatever he wanted and drove off. Another man and a woman also were reported to be in the vehicle with him. Police called the registered owner of the suspect vehicle with a message to contact the police division.

* Between 4:30 and 6 p.m. April 24, a burglary was reported at an unlocked residence in the 1900 block of Kendall Place. The resident came home to find a videogame system and three games, valued at a combined $270, missing.

* Domestic violence and assault charges were filed against a 42-year-old Mount Sterling man who was arrested after reportedly striking his girlfriend in the head with a plastic coffee mug and choking her during an argument in a hotel room at 12:37 a.m. April 25, in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.

* Between 7:50 and 8:20 p.m. April 26, someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, causing $500 worth of damage to a door handle, and stole $4,000 worth of items, including the in-dash radio, radio control transmitters and battery chargers.

* Someone stole a catalytic converter, causing $600 worth of damage, to a vehicle parked between 7:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. April 24, in the 2300 block of Stringtown Road.

* Six copper downspouts valued at $1,050 were stolen between midnight and 7 a.m. April 24, off of Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St. The downspouts were removed by cutting their brackets and pulling the spout out from the elbow joint pipe.

* $200 worth of copper downspouts also were stolen between 5 p.m. April 24 and 7:45 a.m. April 25, off a building in the 3900 block of Broadway.

* While at work between 4 and 6:14 p.m. April 26, at a business in the 3400 block of Broadway, a woman reported her $799 cellphone stolen after she left it on the toilet-paper dispenser in the bathroom and forgot about it. When she went to retrieve it, it was gone.

* Sometime prior to April 20, an air-conditioning unit valued at least $1,500 was stolen from a vacant residence in the 2300 block of Sundew Avenue. Someone apparently cut the line and piping. The theft was discovered by a company hired by the property owner to perform some maintenance.

* Between April 15 and 25, a debit card belonging to a resident of the 3200 block of Townhouse Drive was used to make more than $800 worth of unauthorized ATM withdrawals. The resident presented to the police copies of text and Facebook messages from the suspect confessing to the theft and apologizing, although at this time no charges have been filed.

* A man reported his cellphone, valued at $500, stolen between 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. April 25 from an unlocked locker at the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive.

* A Grove High School student was charged with assault after punching another student in the eye at 8:50 a.m. April 24, at the school, 4665 Hoover Road. According to reports, the students were bantering when the victim made a racial comment and the other took exception.

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