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Grove City: Woman injured in home invasion robbery Sept. 13

Two men assaulted a woman during an aggravated burglary, according reports from the Grove City Division of Police.

At 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13, the 28-year-old Columbus woman answered a knock at the door of a residence on Moreland Court West, and two men forced their way inside, slamming the door and pushing the woman against it.

The men, one white and wearing a clown mask and the other black and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, demanded she give them her cash, jewelry and prescription drugs. When she told them she did not have any prescription drugs, the suspects talked among themselves for a minute, debating whether to take her television, and then left after one of their cell phones rang, police reports said.

The woman crawled upstairs to her bedroom where she called her boyfriend and asked him to call the police. Paramedics treated her at the scene for several small cuts to her right cheek.

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

* Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 7, someone stole more than $3,100 worth of jewelry from a residence in the 4600 block of Gillenbury Loop East. The owner told police she suspects a family friend, who used to help take care of her children and has access to the home with the garage door code. No arrests have been made and no charges filed.

* Someone set fire to a cardboard box and towel on a residential driveway in the 2800 block of Brookpark Court between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 10. In addition, the owner reported someone stole her grill lighter. One witness reported seeing a neighbor girl on the driveway around 5 p.m., but the girl's mother told police she hadn't been there.

* The manager of a business in the 400 block of Jackpot Road reported an employee stole nearly $1,400 between Aug. 4 and Sept. 7. The employee was assigned to take several deposits to a Grove City bank, but she never made the deposits. At this time, no charges have been filed and no arrests made.

* Someone broke into a Pittsburgh, Pa., woman's vehicle parked in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road between 3 and 3:20 p.m. Sept. 12, and stole a suitcase. It contained $150 worth of clothing and boots valued at $100. Damage to the vehicle's rear window is estimated at $150.

* Between July 23 and Sept. 7, vandals repeatedly struck at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 4596 Buckeye Parkway. The course superintendent told police there had been a total of five incidents during that time period. Incidents include tire damage to a number of greens after someone drove across them and obscene images drawn on a ladies' tee box. The damage is estimated at $1,000.

* While responding to a call at 4:54 p.m. Sept. 9, in the area of Addison Drive and Richard Avenue, an officer noticed a child on a bicycle matching the description of one reported stolen the day before. After finishing the other call, the officer approached the child, who told the officer the bike belonged to his older brother. The child went inside a residence in the 2900 block of Addison and got his brother, a 21-year-old Columbus man.

The brother told police he had purchased the bike from someone named "Justin" he knew from the YMCA in Urbancrest, for $80. Police contacted Justin using the brother's phone, and he told police he had received the bike from someone else before hanging up.

The stolen bicycle's owner arrived and positively identified the bike as his. Police arrested the Columbus man for receiving stolen property and then charged him with possession of drugs after finding a bag of marijuana in his pocket. Due to pending calls elsewhere in the city, police released him at the scene.

* Between 12:10 and 9 a.m. Sept. 13, someone attempted to pry open the locks of a warehouse in the 3600 block of Brookham Drive, causing $500 worth of damage. The warehouse manager told police he received a text at 12:10 a.m. informing him the alarm had gone off.

* While an Orient man ate dinner between 6:30 and 8:09 p.m. Sept. 11, in the 3500 block of Broadway, someone broke into his company vehicle, causing $100 worth of damage to a lock and stealing an electronic device valued at $500.

* After finishing his meal at a restaurant in the 3000 block of Broadway, a Grove City man asked other customers for change so he could break up a $50 bill. A man sitting one seat down from him gave him the change and then left with the $50. However, the change was comprised of 10 real $1 bills and four counterfeit $10 bills, police said.

* At 3:07 a.m. Sept. 10, a resident of the 3200 block of Cedargrove Place South reported his girlfriend heard his car alarm sounding in the parking lot and saw someone using an tool to open the driver-side door. The girlfriend called police and the man went outside, where the suspect yelled he didn't steal anything and ran off. However, a set of golf clubs valued at $325 and a pair of sunglasses valued at $100 had been taken.

* Nothing appeared to be stolen, but between 3 and 3:45 p.m. Sept. 12, someone broke the front, driver-side window of a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive, causing $300 worth of damage.

* Identity fraud hit a resident of the 4600 block of Lombardo Street sometime between 11:46 p.m. Sept. 9 and 12:07 a.m. Sept. 10. Someone used the resident's debit card account information to make two online purchases totaling $317, one in California and the other in Arkansas.

* A Grove City man locked a bicycle valued at $100 to a tree between 8 a.m. Sept. 8 and 1 p.m. Sept. 11, in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road, but when he returned, the bike was gone.

* Between 1:30 and 1:35 a.m. Sept. 8, a Pickerington woman's wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at a restaurant in the 2000 block of Stringtown Road. The wallet contained $250 and assorted debit and credit cards.

* Responding to a speed complaint at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 13, near the intersection of Interstate 71 and Stringtown Road, an officer located the driver and performed a traffic stop near the ramp to Interstate 270, after seeing the suspect vehicle driving 80 mph and cutting across traffic lanes.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined the driver, a 25-year-old Bloomingville man, had a suspended license. A search of the vehicle also found a bag containing marijuana and a glass pipe with marijuana residue on it. The man was cited for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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