Grove City: Burglar breaks in home through basement window
A resident arrived home to find out he was the victim of a burglary,Grove City police reported.
Between 2:30 and 3:24 p.m. Aug. 20, someone broke into a residence in the 4300 block of Promenade Avenue. The resident found a west-side sliding glass door open and a basement window was broken inward. He went inside and discovered his handgun valued at $250 was missing from his dresser drawer, at which point he left the building and called police.
In addition to the gun, $850 worth of video game equipment was stolen.
One witness reported seeing an unknown man walking between residences during the time of the incident. Two other witnesses reported a man knocking on their door just before the time of the burglary and acting startled when they answered, saying he had the wrong house before leaving.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 40 years old. He wore a white T-shirt and blue dress pants, and was carrying a cell phone.
In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:
* In a burglary between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 19, someone stole a shotgun valued at $350, $2,000 worth of jewelry, a $200 bicycle and a guitar case valued at $25 from a residence in the 2600 block of Larosa Drive. Entry was gained through a rear glass door.
* Jackson Middle School, 2271 Holton Road, began suspension proceedings against a student who posted a picture of a gun on a social media website on Aug. 21, with a comment referencing "Happy First Day of School."
A Grove City woman reported the post to police, and the school was notified. In the principal's office, the student told police she had not meant anything threatening but had only wanted to express her frustration with returning to school.
* Between July 9 and Aug. 19, someone stole $1,400 worth of jewelry belonging to a resident of the 3800 block of Girbert Street. The resident told police she noticed the jewelry missing over a period of time and eventually confronted the live-in girlfriend of another resident. The suspect, who has since moved, reportedly told the victim she had pawned the jewelry. At this time, no charges have been filed and no arrests made.
* Someone broke into a concession stand at Murfin Fields, 4570 Haughn Road, causing $50 worth of damage to a lock and chain between Aug. 18 and 19. An unknown amount of food was stolen.
* No one achieved entry, but between 9:20 p.m. Aug. 21 and 8 a.m. Aug. 22, someone tried to pry open the rear garage door of a business in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road, causing $500 worth of damage by forcing the bottom of the door off its track.
* Someone used the credit card account information of a resident of the 3400 block of Independence Street to make five fraudulent purchases, totaling more than $450, Aug. 21-22. The resident never lost possession of the card, reports said.
* On Aug. 12, someone used a credit card belonging to a resident of the 3300 block of Cameron Street to make five fraudulent purchases. The resident did not know when or how the card was stolen.
* $2,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen between Aug. 14 and Aug. 16 from the center console of a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 3900 block of Marsol Avenue. The owner told police she thought the vehicle had been locked, but officers found no damage to the vehicle indicating forced entry.
* Between 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 2 a.m. Aug. 22, someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3500 block of Canter Court and stole a GPS unit valued at $225.
* Prescription medication and $5 in change was stolen between 11 p.m. Aug. 18 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 19 from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 3400 block of Birch Street.
* Someone rummaged through a vehicle in the 4000 block of Cypress Avenue between 10 p.m. Aug. 18 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 19, and stole a pair of $50 boots and a can of mace.
* Responding to reports of an unattended small child riding a bicycle in the 3900 block of Hoover Road at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 19, officers found the 3-year-old girl on her tricycle in the 2500 block of Sonora Drive. When asked by officers if she could get her mother, the girl brought out a woman from one of the residences in that block. The woman reportedly told police she had just woken up and had been unaware of her daughter's whereabouts. Police issued her a summons for endangering children.