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Grove City: Property reported taken from house in foreclosure

More than $3,100 worth of items, including autographed Archie Griffin photos, were stolen in a local home burglary, Grove City police reported.

Between June 2 and June 13, the owner of an unoccupied house in the 2900 block of Addison Drive reported the theft of a television, couch, stereo system, antique dish set and the autographed photos from the basement.

There was no sign of forced entry and the owner told police he believes his ex-girlfriend took the items.

The property currently is in foreclosure, and the owner lived there until three months ago with his ex-girlfriend. She moved out three weeks prior to the reported burglary.

The man told police the woman never returned her keys to the residence and was not legally evicted, and he never changed the locks to the house. However, he told police she won't answer her phone or return his calls.

Police have not charged the woman with any offense.

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

* While mowing a lawn at 11 a.m. June 18, near the intersection of Louise Avenue and Richard Avenue, a Grove City man was approached by a neighbor who asked if he had a partner on the job. The man said no, and the neighbor told him he saw a younger-looking white man take a weed trimmer from the man's trailer and drive off in a white Ford Edge. The value of the stolen trimmer was $450.

* Between 10 a.m. and 1:13 p.m. June 19, someone broke into a business in the 4300 block of Broadway, cutting a chain and padlock in the process, and stole $1,000 worth of brass fittings and $25 worth of copper piping from a yard and warehouse area.

* While conducting inventory of the money, an employee of a hotel in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road discovered a counterfeit $50 bill among the cash. The counterfeit bill was believed to have been used at the hotel sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. June 20.

* A 17-year-old resident of the 2600 block of Queensbury Drive was arrested and charged with domestic violence and assault following an incident at 9:50 p.m. June 19, in which she was reported to have thrown a set of keys at her mother, hitting her in the lower back at full force with them, and then threatening to punch her.

* Two vehicles were vandalized between 10:30 p.m. June 18 and 6 a.m. June 19 in the 4100 block of Haughn Road. A window was broken on one, and scratches were found on finish of the other. Peppers also were scattered over both vehicles.

* Between 6 and 7 p.m. June 20, someone stole more than $4,000 worth of items, including a laptop computer, iPod, iPad, credit cards and $200 cash, after breaking into a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive.

* In addition to causing $200 worth of damage to a window, someone stole a purse containing prescription glasses and the owner's debit card after breaking into her vehicle between 10:15 and 11:08 a.m. June 20 in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway.

* On June 18, two vehicles were broken into in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway. The first was reported between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and resulted in the theft of a duffel bag and wallet containing $40 and credit cards. The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $500.

The second incident occurred between 5:15 and 7 p.m. and again resulted in $500 worth of damage to the vehicle. A man's billfold containing $350 cash, credit cards and personal documents were also stolen.

* Sometime between June 13 and 15, someone vandalized a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway, scratching its side. Security footage showed a woman parked next to the afflicted vehicle and standing near the area where the damage occurred, but it was unclear if she was responsible.

* Someone broke into a vehicle between 9:30 p.m. June 16 and 8 a.m. June 17, while it was parked in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road, causing $500 worth of damage to a window and stealing a $500 handgun and its $50 case.

* On June 20, a resident of the 4300 block of Joyce Road reported his wife had forged his signature on personal checks made out to him totaling around $18,200 between Jan. 28 and May 25, and then deposited the money in a bank account only she had access to. At this time, no arrests have been made or charges have been filed.

* A resident of the 1600 block of Chippewa Court reported someone had used her Verizon wireless account to purchase an iPhone between May 27 and May 30. The resident said she had spoken with a Verizon employee who told her the phone, valued at $245, was purchased on May 27 and delivered and signed for at her address on May 31.

* At 6:52 p.m. June 15, a resident of the 4000 block of Basswood Avenue received a call from a woman claiming to be a bank representative needing to verify some information. The resident revealed her name and debit card number over the phone. The next day, she discovered a pending withdrawal on her account for $450 that she did not authorize.

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