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Grove City: Men with gun demand cash, take medicine

A mother and daughter were held at gunpoint when two men broke into their home last week during an aggravated burglary.

According to Grove City Division of Police reports, two men forced their inside a residence in the 3300 block of Willowood Place at 7:50 p.m. May 8, and held a black, 9mm handgun to the stomach of a resident who was there with her daughter.

The women were forced into a bedroom where the men screamed at them for money and took $1,800 in cash. The men also took some prescription medication, loading it into a paper bag.

Before leaving, the men told the women they would shoot up the house if they called the police. The men fled northbound on foot.

One suspect was described as a black male, 5-feet, 3-inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, in his late 20s or early 30s. He was wearing dark jeans, a red hoodie and black gloves with red stitching.

The second suspect was described as a white male, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, in his early 20s, with bad teeth. He was wearing light jeans and a gray hoodie.

The men reportedly had come up to the front door of the residence an hour prior to the incident, but the women did not answer the door because they did not recognize the men.

In other Grove City Division of Police reports:

* Police arrested a 16-year-old Grove City boy for inducing a panic, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he brought a BB gun into a McDonald's restaurant at 1989 Stringtown Road shortly after 6 p.m. May 5. The boy had the BB gun tucked into the waistband of his pants and stood in the corner of the restaurant while five other males walked around acting "weird," according to a witness.

They tried to leave when officers entered the restaurant but were stopped outside and told to place their hands in the air. One officer drew his handcuffs as the suspect, who kept saying it was a BB gun, continually put his hands down as if going for the gun. Officers handcuffed him, during which he attempted to pull away and had to be forced to the ground, police said.

* At 11:45 a.m. May 7, a 26-year-old Michigan woman entered a business in the 2500 block of Stringtown Road and refused to leave. She insisted on receiving various paper and policies and trying to get the bank to accept a wire transfer from Western Union for her, even though she was not a customer.

Police arrested her and later found out she had gone to four other businesses in the area that morning. She had been told to leave and received trespass warnings from all of them.

* A Grove City resident and an employee of a business in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road is suspected of conducting 28 transactions in which he took cash from customers and kept it for himself, stealing a total of $481 between April 29 and May 2. He was caught and admitted the theft to the business'according to a loss-prevention officer. A mayor's court summons was issued.

* Two debit cards and a purse were stolen during a vehicle break-in reported at 1:46 p.m. May 6, in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road. Damage to one of the vehicle's window is estimated to be $300.

* A resident of the 5700 block of Ravine Creek Drive reported she was assaulted between 11:50 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. May 8 by an unknown man who pulled her out of her vehicle and struck her several times in the right side of the face as she was backing out of her driveway.

She did not know the man but told police she suspects he is the same person who has been sending her sexually graphic text messages and identifying himself as "Joshua." She does not know how he got her phone number.

* Arriving home after being out of town between May 3 and 5, a resident of the 2700 block of Independence Way discovered a burglary had occurred. There was no sign of forced entry, but $1,900 worth of items, including a television and stereo, were missing from her garage.

A neighbor told police he saw a red Ford F150 with two men in it in the driveway sometime after 5 p.m. May 3. The passenger got out and entered the house through the front door, and the men backed the truck into the garage and loaded items into it. The resident told police that description sounded like a friend of hers who was not allowed to be there while she was out. She had let the suspect drive her vehicle after dropping her off at work May 3, she said. A house key was found to be missing from her vehicle's key ring.

* A man residing in the 2800 block of Ashton Row East was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault following an incident 5:15 p.m. May 9. During an argument, the man reportedly hit his girlfriend several times, threw her to the floor, dug his finger into her neck and threw car keys at her face after she slapped him, threw pillows at him and knocked a sandwich out of his hand. She ended up with scratches and bruises on her arm, neck and face, reports stated.

* At 12:25 a.m. May 9, officers were dispatched to the 3800 block of Meadow Lane on reports that a Grove City man, previously reported missing and endangered, was banging on the front of a residence where his mother was. When police arrived, they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from his bookbag, and inside, they found marijuana, pipes, psilocybin mushrooms and morning glory seeds. He was arrested and charged for possession of drug and drug paraphernalia.

* Five copper downspouts were stolen between April 26 and May 3 from a building in the 3100 block of Park Street, resulting in damages exceeding $1,200.

* Between 8 and 8:56 a.m. May 7, a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive was broken into. Someone punched out a door lock and stole nearly $3,000 worth of items, including a camera and laptop computer.

* Another vehicle break-in was reported between 3 and 7:30 a.m. May 7 in the 6100 block of South Meadows Drive, resulting in $200 worth of damage to the vehicle and the theft of a cellphone valued at $499.

* There was no sign of forced entry, but someone entered a vehicle between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 7 in the 3900 block of Jackson Pike and stole a backpack containing $1,870 worth of items, including a digital camera and laptop computer.

* A purse containing a credit card, prescription medication and a driver's license was stolen between 6:30 and 8 p.m. May 9 from an unlocked vehicle parked in the lot at Gantz Park, 2259 Home Road.

* Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 7, a student's Social Security card and $50 cash were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked outside Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road.

* At 7:15 p.m. May 7, a resident of the 400 block of West River Drive reported hearing a "pop" and finding a bullet on the floor the next morning next to his upstairs office door, as well as a broken window. The damage to the window is estimated to be $250. The bullet appears to have ricocheted off the ground.

* Someone vandalized a building between May 6 and 9 in the 3400 block of Gantz Road by spraying black, white and purple paint on the west side of the building, resulting in $100 worth of damage.

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