Grove City: Men rob electronics store, employees at gunpoint
Two men held two Radio Shack employees at gunpoint and robbed them and the store last week.
According to reports from the Grove City Division of Police, at 10:30 a.m. May 2, two men pulled in front of the store at 2344 Stringtown Road shortly after it opened and parked a silver-colored, four-door vehicle in the handicapped spot. The men asked one of the store employees about memory cards.
They then went to their car, saying they needed to talk, then came back inside. When the employee asked if they had made a decision, the shorter man said "Yeah," and pulled a gun out of his pocket, reports said.
The men ordered the employee to the back of the store and had him open the locked storage area. The men took all the iPhones from the storage area and placed them in a black bag they had brought with them.
They then forced the employee into the bathroom with another employee and took from them two sets of keys, a wallet and money. They instructed the employees to stay in the bathroom, or they'd kill them. The robbers then left.
After about 20 minutes, the employees left the store through a rear emergency door and went next door to call police.
The suspects were described as both black, one about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 175 pounds and the other 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds.
The total value of the stolen iPhones is estimated to be $10,000.
In other recent incident reports:
* While driving from Columbus to Kentucky, a man stopped in Grove City between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the 1400 block of Stringtown Road, and during that time, his suitcase was stolen from his vehicle.
Nearly $5,300 worth of items were lost, he said, including a watch, an alligator belt, an ostrich belt, three pairs of shoes and an electronic tablet. The man told police he was almost certain he had left his car locked.
* Two vehicles were broken into between 11:45 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. May 1 in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road. Both sustained $300 worth of damage to windows. A wallet was stolen from one of the vehicles, and a purse was stolen from the other.
* No entry was achieved during an attempted vehicle break-in between 6 and 6:20 p.m. April 30, in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, but damage to the lock and rear passenger-side door was estimated at $500.
* A man reported between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 29, a gold necklace valued at $1,800 was stolen from his office desk in the 3900 block of Broadway.
* During a traffic stop at 9:18 p.m. April 30, near the intersection of Broadway and Home Road, police arrested a 21-year-old Columbus man, a passenger in the vehicle, after they learned numerous traffic warrants for his arrest were active. Police said he was in possession of a bag of marijuana that was stuffed inside a CD player case.
* A handgun with two magazines was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Southwest Boulevard after someone broke into the vehicle between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. April 28. Damage to the window was estimated at $200, and the value of the handgun and its holster was estimated at $600.
* Police arrested a 13-year-old Grove City boy following a burglary between 8:31 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. April 29, at a residence in the 3200 block of Kingswood Drive.
Residents came home and found a videogame system, games and controller missing. The boy was found in Windsor Park and when questioned, police said he admitted to taking the items. The owner told police he would not press charges if the property was returned.
However, the items were not where the boy said he had left them and were not recovered. The value of the items is $590.
* Between 5 p.m. April 27 and 11 a.m. April 28, $85 in change was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Kingswood Drive. The change was kept in five rolls of nickels, 50 rolls of pennies and five rolls of quarters. There was no sign of forced entry.
* Mail was reported stolen from the mailbox of a home in the 5600 block of Paul Talbott Court between 5:40 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 30, while the resident was mowing the lawn. She told police when she checked the mailbox, she thought it was all junk mail and went back to mowing. When she went to retrieve the mail, it was gone.
* Between April 18 and May 2, a resident of the 1900 block of Iris Court learned someone had used his personal information to try to open an account in his name and apply for an address in Atlanta, Ga. No monetary losses were reported.
* Vandals broke a window at Monterey Elementary School, 2584 Dennis Lane, shortly before 9:30 p.m. May 2, resulting in $800 worth of damage. A school custodian reported hearing juveniles who were pulling doors and knocking on windows, and he yelled at them to say they were trespassing. He said he heard breaking glass soon after but did not see the suspects.
* Ten feet of copper was cut off a building between April 10 and May 1 in the 6100 block of Enterprise Parkway, resulting in $400 worth of damage to two air conditioners.