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Grove City: Man implying he has a gun robs payday lender

A man implying he had a gun man stole more than $16,000 during a robbery at Cashland, 2228 Stringtown Road, Grove City police reported.

At 11:50 a.m. June 11, the suspect walked into the cash advance/short-term loan business and demanded cash from the two employees in the office.

Though he did not show a weapon or say he had one, he did reach inside his clothing after making his demand, leading the employees to believe he was armed.

An employee gave him cash from a safe, and he fled north on foot on Garden Court. No one was reported injured, but the total loss for Cashland was $16,400, police reports said.

Prior to the robbery, the man had been seen inside the business pacing back and forth while two women were talking to the employees and asking questions. Also, just minutes before the robbery, the man was seen pacing next to Cashland while angrily talking on his cellphone and swearing.

Witnesses described the suspect as between 5-feet-5-inches and 5-feet-10-inches tall, 150-170 pounds and of unknown ethnicity. He had a goatee and wore a black Chicago baseball cap and black hooded sweatshirt with a white pattern on it. Witnesses also described tattoos on his neck and the back of his left hand.

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

* In addition to $1,500 in cash, a a cellphone, electronic tablet, purse, wallet, credit cards, tax return and cowboy boots were stolen after someone broke into a vehicle between 5:30 and 6:36 p.m. June 9, in the 1500 block of Stringtown Road.

* Another theft from a vehicle occurred in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road between 1 and 1:56 p.m. June 9. A purse, along with the owner's credit cards, were stolen. While the vehicle had been locked, the windows had been left open a crack, and the sunroof was half open because the owner's dog was in the vehicle.

* A purse, valued a $500 and containing $15 cash and the owner's driver's license and makeup items, was stolen between 2:45 and 3 p.m. from an unlocked vehicle in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road.

* Returning home from work between noon and 6 p.m. June 13, a resident of the 2200 block of Suffolk Lane found his front door unlocked. Investigating further, he found his laptop computer, which he kept under his bed, missing. The value of the computer was $1,500. While the door had been locked, a window had been left open, and the ground near the window was found disturbed.

* Police arrested and charged a 50-year-old Grove City man for domestic violence and aggravated menacing after he reportedly threatened his estranged wife, a resident of the 3700 block of Breck Avenue. According to reports, they were arguing over the phone when he told he would kill her and then himself. She told police she didn't feel safe because he does own a gun and has never acted this way before.

* Witnesses called police after seeing two males spray-painting the street curb in the 2500 block of Queensbury Drive shortly after 9 p.m. June 9. Both males were white: one wore all white and rode a bike while the other wore all black and walked. An obscenity was found spray-painted in green on the curb.

* At 3 p.m. June 9, a resident of the 4000 block of Balsam Avenue discovered his debit card information was used to make two separate purchases at gas stations, one of which totaled $56. The resident reported he had never lost physical possession of the card.

* Between 11 p.m. June 11 and 6:08 a.m. June 12, a two-door 2003 Chevy valued at $12,000 was stolen from the driveway of the owner in the 4700 block of Hickorybend Drive. The car had been left unlocked with the spare key in the glovebox.

* Around $3,300 worth of items, including prescription glasses, two subwoofers and a pair of shoes, were reported stolen between 10:20 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. June 12, after someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Buckeye Parkway.

* After being inside a business in the 2500 block of Dartmoor Road between 1:20 and 1:27 p.m. June 10, a man came outside to see another man reaching inside his vehicle's open window, place something in his pocket and then flee in a yellow sedan westward on Dartmoor. After checking on his car, the man discovered his cellphone had been stolen. The suspect was described as a white man, 20-25 years old, 140-160 pounds with short hair and blue and green tattoos on his neck. He was wearing a long-sleeve yellow shirt, ball cap and long shorts.

* Following a vehicle break-in between 7:15 and 8 p.m. June 13, in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive, which resulted in $350 worth of damage to one of the vehicle's windows, someone stole a laptop computer, backpack and clothing, a combined valued of $1,675.

* Between 9 p.m. June 13 and 5:15 a.m. June 14, a trailer valued at $3,000 was stolen from behind a residence in the 3500 block of Ventura Boulevard.

* Two air-conditioning units, each valued at $1,500, were stolen from an office in the 3100 block of Urbancrest Industrial Drive between 11 p.m. June 11 and 9 a.m. June 12.

* Three tires on a vehicle parked in the 4000 block of Colonial Place were cut between 4 p.m. June 9 and 10 a.m. June 10, resulting in $300 worth of damage.

* An iPod and two checkbooks were stolen from an unlocked vehicle between 2:45 and 4 a.m. June 11, in the 2200 block of Sonora Drive. The value of the iPod was $200.

* Sometime after leaving his bicycle in the backyard to go inside for dinner between 6:30 and 8 p.m., a resident of the 3200 block of Independence Street returned to find the bike, valued at $100, stolen.

* Another bicycle, valued at $459, was reported stolen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. June 12, from an open garage in the 3400 block of Natalie Drive.

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