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Grove City: Resident interrupts, scares off two burglars

Tuesday September 24, 2013 9:29 PM

Two men broke into an apartment while the residents were home but fled before taking anything, Grove City police reported.

At 10:05 p.m. Sept. 19, a resident of the 3200 block of Townhouse Drive and his girlfriend heard a loud crashing noise. He went downstairs and saw two men ransacking his living room. When the resident confronted them, they ran out through the rear door, police said.

The suspects were described as a light-skinned black male in his early 20s with a dark hoodie and jeans and the other a white male, also in his early 20s and wearing a dark hoodie and jeans. One of the men carried something metallic that looked like a crowbar, the resident told police.

Nothing was reported stolen, but the suspects broke in through a rear sliding glass door, causing $200 worth of damage.

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

* Officers issued a summons for assault to a 45-year-old Columbus man after he reportedly entered a business in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard at 5:40 p.m. Sept. 16, and kicked an employee in the stomach after being asked to leave multiple times and refusing.

The victim declined to see a medic, telling police he only had the wind knocked out of him. The victim had asked the suspect to leave because he was afraid of a confrontation due trouble between his girlfriend and the suspect, reports said.

* Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Crystal Dawn Rookstool, 25, of Sofia Court in Galloway, for burglary after witnesses reported seeing her and an unknown man between the age 35 and 40 leave a residence in the 4200 block of Lemert Drive carrying a television valued at $200 and driving away with it in a cream-colored car at 5 p.m. Sept. 19. The resident was not at home, but the witnesses told police they knew Rookstool as someone who used to live at the premises but had since been "banned."

* Officers responded to reports of domestic violence and assault at 9:09 p.m. Sept. 19, at a residence in the 3400 block of Marshrun Drive and arrested a 21-year-old Columbus woman for attacking her grandmother during an argument.

* Sometime on Sept. 19, a laptop computer and digital camera were stolen from a residence in the 2600 block of Queensway Drive.

* The owner of a vehicle parked between 11 p.m. Sept. 17 and 8:35 a.m. Sept. 18, in the 3800 block of Santa Maria Drive discovered it had been broken into when he was leaving for work and grabbed the door only to find it damaged. Prescription medication was stolen from inside the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $100.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the lot of Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road, between 3:20 and 4:50 p.m. and stole an in-dash CD-DVD player valued at $450. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $1,700.

* Sometime between Sept. 9 and 16, someone used the credit card information of a resident of the 2900 block of Michael Lane to make nine fraudulent purchases totaling $585 at multiple gas stations. The owner still has possession of the card but has canceled it.

* On Sept. 17, a resident of the 6100 block of Richard Ross Road discovered multiple unauthorized withdrawals from his checking account totaling $1,033 were made Aug. 5-6. Surveillance footage at a gas station where one of the purchases occurred show two suspects at the checkout at the time of the sale. Other purchases were made in Delaware and Philadelphia, Pa.

* A resident of the 3000 block of Addison Drive discovered she was a victim of identity fraud on Sept. 17, when she went to a bank for a loan and was told her name had multiple Social Security numbers listed and her actual Social Security number had multiple names listed.

* Between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Sept. 19, an Orient woman's purse was reported stolen after she left it in a shopping cart in a parking lot in the 5900 block of Hoover Road. The purse contained her credit and debit cards, driver's license and $40 cash.

* Between 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17, someone entered a vehicle parked in the 3600 block of Gateway Lakes Drive and stole a radio and CD player and miscellaneous tools. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $850.

* A two-door Chevy Cavalier valued at $5,000 and belonging to a Columbus woman was stolen between 8 p.m. Sept. 18 and 6:43 a.m. Sept. 19, from the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.

* At 8:36 p.m. Sept. 17, someone broke the rear passenger window of a vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road and stole a $300 pool stick. An employee of a nearby business heard the break-in and saw a white man lean into the vehicle through a broken window and then leave in another vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $150.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Stringtown Road between 8 and 9:20 p.m. Sept. 17, and stole a cellphone, GPS and cigarettes. The total value of the lost items was slightly more than $300. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $200.

* At 9:05 a.m. Sept. 18, a resident of the 3800 block of Glenna Avenue reported a 41-year-old Grove City woman took her truck without permission to buy a car at an auto auction, even after the resident told her not to. The suspect bumped the resident's boyfriend out of the way when he stood in the driveway to block her. Police found the truck at the auto auction and arrested the suspect for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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