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Grove City: Gunman conceals his face, robs Grove City hotel

The Grove City Holiday Inn Express, 3951 Jackpot Road, was robbed by a lone gunman concealing his face last week, Grove City police reported.

Police said a "young-looking" white man with a slight build walked to the counter of the hotel at 8:35 p.m. Sept. 3, wearing a white baseball cap with a white T-shirt tied around his face. He pulled a black handgun on the desk clerk and demanded money.

The robber told the clerk she "had until the count 10" and demanded the cash register. She placed the register on the counter and fled into a back room while the suspect took $77 in cash before leaving, reports said.

Witnesses returning to the hotel reported seeing a man and woman "race" out of the parking lot in a silver car shortly after the time of the robbery.

Police conducted a search of the area but could not locate the suspect.

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

* Arriving home from work at 4:48 p.m. Sept. 4, a resident of the 4000 block of Colonial Place unlocked her front door and stepped inside to find her living room television missing. She left and called the police, who conducted a search of the property. In addition to the television, a laptop computer and video game system were stolen, a total value of $1,040.

The woman told police she left home for work at 6:30 a.m. and she suspects an ex-boyfriend, a 37-year-old Columbus man. Neighbors reported seeing him pick up an unknown man earlier that day in the block's parking lot.

* While residents of the 4500 block of Tayport Avenue vacationed, their daughter and her boyfriend house-sat. But they reported $352 worth of DVDs were stolen between Sept 2 and 4.

* Stolen video games and a video game system turned up in a Grove City business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road at 1:44 p.m. Aug. 28. The items, reported stolen from a Columbus residence, were purchased by the store for $84.40.

The owner told police she suspected her roommate's boyfriend, a 30-year-old Zanesville man who had been over when the theft occurred. Store employees told police they bought the items from the boyfriend.

* Between 4:40 and 6:07 p.m. Sept. 3, someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road and stole the owner's purse. The purse later was recovered in a parking lot in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive, but damage to the vehicle is estimated to be $150.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 4200 block of Marlane Drive between 5:47 and 6:25 p.m. Sept. 3, and stole a laptop computer valued at $1,500. In addition, the vehicle sustained $800 worth of damage to a window, door lock and door frame.

* Another vehicle parked in the 4000 block of Marlane Drive was broken into between 5:55 and 6 p.m. Sept. 3, resulting in the theft of a $2,000 laptop computer and $150 in damage to a window.

* Responding to reports of shots fired at 2:46 a.m. Sept. 5, in a parking lot in the 4200 block of Farr Court, officers approached a truck after its driver turned the engine on as they walked by. While talking with the driver, the officers reported they saw a glass crack pipe in a center cup holder.

The driver, a 23-year-old Grove City man, received a summons to Mayor's Court on a charge of drug paraphernalia possession and was released at the scene.

* After being out of town between Aug. 22 and Sept. 5, a resident of the 2800 block of Toth Place learned from her mother that $3,000 worth of her clothing and shoes were stolen from her residence. She told police several people had access to the place while she was away.

* Between midnight and 7:25 p.m. Sept. 5, someone used the credit card information of a resident of the 3200 block of Reaver Avenue to make between $600 and $700 worth of fraudulent purchases at a number of local businesses. The owner discovered the fraud when his own purchases were declined.

* A resident of the 5600 block of Spring Hill Road lost his debit card between 1 and 2 a.m. Sept. 2, in the Park Street area. Someone has since used the card at two local gas stations for more than $130 worth of purchases.

* Two bicycles, valued at a combined $300, were stolen between 9 p.m. Sept. 2 and 8:45 a.m. Sept. 3, from a yard in the 4100 block of Broadway.

* Someone stole a blue and yellow mountain bicycle valued at $60 between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 and 8 a.m. Sept. 4 from a driveway in the 3500 block of Stephen Street.

* Police charged a 12-year-old student at Jackson Middle School, 2271 Holton Road, with criminal damaging after he allegedly broke an electric pencil sharpener and tore up a bunch of paper and educational materials at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 4.

A school official told police this was an ongoing issue with the student, who was taken to the police station and later released to his mother.

* The 24-year-old nephew of a resident in the 3700 block of Santa Maria Drive refused to leave the residence between 7:26 and 8:19 p.m. Sept. 4, and police, after asking him to leave multiple times, arrested him for criminal trespassing.

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