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Man tries to stop wallet thief, gets dragged by car

Robbers dragged their victim alongside their car after he tried to stop them from taking his wallet in a weekend incident, Grove City police reported.

At 12:25 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, a 19-year-old resident of the 3300 block of Gateway Lakes Drive left his car running while he went inside the residence to give something to his sister. When he returned to his vehicle, he saw a woman with long blonde hair in a ponytail inside it, he told police. When he yelled at her to get out, she ran with his wallet to a waiting car parked three spaces over, driven by a man with a second man in the back seat.

The resident grabbed onto the passenger window of the car and demanded his wallet back, but the driver took off, dragging the resident about 15 feet and causing minor injuries to his legs and arms.

As the suspects drove away, they tossed out the resident's wallet, but $100 was missing from it.

The suspects' vehicle was described as a four-door, dark-colored sedan. Paramedics treated the resident at the scene for his injuries. He told police he didn't get a good look at the driver but the man in the back seat had blond hair.

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

* Sometime between Sept. 21 and 24, someone entered a property in the 3700 block of Christopher Place and stole $180 worth of items, including a pond pump, toys and sun dress. There were no signs of forced entry.

* Trying to sell his late father's estate furniture on Craigslist, a resident of the 1300 block of Carnoustie Circle received a check on Sept. 27, for $1,800 for the purchase of a desk. However, the check amount exceeded the cost of the desk and included shipping fees and contact information for a shipper. The resident contacted the police, believing it to be a scam, and the check was determined to be a forgery. According to reports, the M.O. is similar to other "Nigerian Internet Scams" that have been reported in Grove City in the past.

* Between Sept. 13 and 25, a resident of the 2000 block of Dry Creek Place discovered someone had used her bank card account information to rack up nearly $200 worth of fraudulent charges at local businesses.

* At 4:34 p.m. Sept. 29, the manager of a business in the 3400 block of Broadway reported that a new employee, known only as "Chris," had stolen about $1,500 from the cash register and safe. The manager told police he had hired the suspect a week prior after meeting him while walking down the street. While training him, the manager went to the restroom but returned to find the suspect gone and the money missing. Surveillance footage showed "Chris" taking the money.

* Between Sept. 9 and 29, a Shelby man reported someone took his horse trailer from the lot of Beulah Park, 3800 Southwest Blvd.

* After giving an unknown man permission to drive her 2010 Chevrolet truck to the 3100 block of Southwest Boulevard from an area bar, a Columbus woman got out of the vehicle and began walking when she realized the man was no longer with her. She ran back to the truck and saw him sitting in the driver's seat. She asked him what he was doing, but he drove off. She told police she did not know his name but described him as a white, about 5-foot-5 and slim, with short dark hair.

* Between 2 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28, someone stole a computer monitor valued at $1,500 from a restaurant in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road. The new monitor was still in its box, unopened.

* Between midnight and 5 a.m. Sept. 26, someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Townhouse Drive and stole the owner's purse, wallet, credit card, driver's license, Social Security card and debit card.

* Someone stole a CD player and pair of sunglasses from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Townhouse Drive between 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 3:35 p.m. Sept. 27.

* There was no sign of forced entry, but someone entered a vehicle between 11 p.m. Sept. 26 and 8 a.m. Sept. 27, while it was parked in the 3100 block of Cedar Grove Place S. and about $3 in change and an Ohio State University parking pass valued at $1,500.

* Someone stole a CD player and grocery bag full of various prescriptions from a vehicle parked in the 2900 block of Addison Drive between 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. Sept. 25.

* An estimated $500 worth of damage to a vehicle was discovered by its owner, a resident of the 4200 block of Katheryn Place, between noon Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. Sept. 25. The damage, to the roof above the door and door gasket, were likely caused by someone attempting to break in.

* Police said a man known as the "Bacon Bandit" struck again at a local grocery at 12:56 p.m. Sept. 25.

Reports said the man took a case of specialty select bacon from a refrigerated case at Aldi, 4041 Gantz Road, ran out of the store through the east side fire door without paying for it, then drove off in a waiting car. According to reports, the unlisted suspect has stolen bacon from many central Ohio Aldi stores in the past year. Grove City police investigated the same suspect for a similar theft earlier this year.

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