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Grove City: Stringtown Road hotel robbed at gunpoint

A man pulled a gun on a hotel clerk as part of a robbery Sunday, according to reports from the Grove City Division of Police.

At 11:35 p.m. Sept. 1, a white man wearing a black tank top and pants walked into the lobby of a hotel in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road and pointed a handgun at the desk clerk, demanding money from the register drawer.

After taking $200, the suspect told the clerk as he left that the clerk "could call the cops now."

Witnesses reported the suspect fled westbound on foot, but police who canvassed the area could not locate him.

In other reports from the Grove City Division of Police:

* Two men dressed in gas masks and black sweatshirts with the word "Police" on them stormed a restaurant in the 2000 block of Stringtown Road at 11:40 p.m. Aug. 29, and attacked three employees with pepper spray.

The suspects sprayed one employee who had finished his work and was leaving through the back door and then followed him when he fled inside. The first victim ran out through the front door, and another employee followed him to see what was wrong, but the suspects chased after both.

The third employee saw the suspects return, enter and exit the kitchen and then leave the restaurant. Nothing was reported stolen. Another witness reported seeing the two men flee in a white car.

* A Chevrolet truck valued at $4,000 was stolen between 6:45 and 8 p.m. from a parking lot in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road. The vehicle was located on state Route 665 by Franklin County Sheriff's deputies, who reported it was on fire. The case is being investigated as an arson.

* Between 1:30 and 1:43 a.m. Sept. 1, a woman's purse was stolen while she was at a business in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road. The purse contained her wallet, credit cards, cellphone and personal documents. The estimated loss exceeds $1,000.

* Between 11:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10:35 a.m. Sept. 2, $235 worth of items, including a cellphone, cooler and loose change, were stolen from a pair of unlocked vehicles parked in the 6400 block of Windcliff Drive.

* A man discovered he had forgotten his credit card at a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road between 7 and 7:55 p.m. Aug. 28 when his card company called to ask about some suspicious charges. He had accidentally left he card on his table after paying his bill. In total, about $40 worth of fraudulent changes were made, police reports said.

* While a man was at a business between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. Sept. 1 in the 2500 block of London Groveport Road, someone took the license plate off his motorcycle. He discovered the theft when he was flagged down by law enforcement in Madison County. The entire bracket and plate were missing.

* Officers responding to reports of an intoxicated woman walking down the road with an open alcohol container found her lying on the ground in the 4100 block of Southwest Boulevard shortly before 7 p.m. Aug. 31. They arrested the Grove City woman for disorderly conduct.

In the cruiser, police reports said she repeatedly struck her against the glass between the front and back seats, cutting her face. Jackson Township Fire Division paramedics took her to the hospital when she proved unresponsive; reports said she recovered and acted combative on the way.

* A brown dog weighing between 45 and 50 pounds bit a Grove City woman as she walked on a sidewalk at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 1, near Haughn Road and Acorn Court. Franklin County Animal Control responded, and the dog's owner was located in the 3000 block of Acorn Court. She was cited for animal control.

* Responding to reports of a loud explosion at 1 p.m. Sept. 2, officers found evidence of arson in the 5200 block of Jackson Pike. The explosion occurred in a field on the south side of the road. An 18- to 24-inch circle in the disturbed grass contained small pieces of cardboard, according to police.

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