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Police impersonator soliciting money for 'charity'

A man impersonating a police officer attempted to solicit money from a local store last week, Grove City police reported.

At 10:40 a.m. Oct. 3, a man dressed in a suit went into the Fast Stop Drive Thru, 3188 Southwest Blvd., and told the owner he was a deputy, collecting money for police officers and veterans, and asked for a cash donation, police reports said.

The owner asked for a badge number and identification, but the suspect refused, telling him it was all online, and then left.

The suspect proceeded to another business, MTK Detailing, 3184 Southwest Blvd., and again attempted to solicit donations from the owner. But according to reports, the Fast Stop owner came in and told the MTK Detailing owner that the man was not a police officer.

The suspect, described as a white man with glasses and dirty teeth, wearing a nice black suit with blue shirt and tie, left in a vehicle driven by an unidentified black man, reports said.

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

* After honking his vehicle's horn and sticking his middle finger up at a police officer parked in a lot in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road at 3:44 a.m. Oct. 4, a 19-year-old Galloway man ran a red light at Stringtown and Gantz roads, resulting in the officer following him.

The officer found the suspect's vehicle parked with its engine off on Near Drive, with the Galloway man slouched down in the driver's seat attempting to stay out of view. When the driver refused to open a car window and yelled an expletive, the officer told him he would be forced to break the window. The driver responded by opening the door and trying to exit the vehicle, throwing a beer can at the officer, reports said.

The officer handcuffed the driver, detecting a strong alcohol odor on him.

Other officers arrived on the scene, and as they placed the suspect in the back of a cruiser, he kicked one of the officers. In checking his background, police discovered the suspect has never been issued a driver's license. He was arrested and charged with OVI, operating without a license, underage possession of alcohol, open container, failure to obey a traffic control device, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

* Between 4 p.m. Sept. 28 and 4:47 a.m. Oct. 1, someone burglarized a garage in the 3300 block of Farmbrook Drive and stole two crossbows valued at $840.

* More than $1,000 worth of copper electrical wire was stolen between 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 3, from a construction site in the 4900 block of Buckeye Parkway.

* Sometime between 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 4, someone stole a 2003 Ford Ranger truck from the driveway of a residence in the 3100 block of Demorest Road. The owner had left the vehicle unlocked, with the keys in the center console.

* Both doors were damaged and a briefcase containing a $2,000 laptop computer was stolen between 12:15 and 1:26 p.m. Oct. 4 from a Mount Sterling man's company car parked in the 3500 block of Broadway. The damage was estimated at $600.

* On Oct. 2, a resident in the 5600 block of Platinum Drive received a JC Penney credit card in the mail that she did not apply for. She soon discovered five additional accounts had been opened using her address and Social Security number. Purchases using the accounts were made in September at businesses in Pennsylvania totaling more than $5,300.

* Another case of identity fraud was reported Oct. 1, from a resident in the 2400 block of Hooverside Lane. The resident told police someone used her bank card to cover more than $2,700 worth of debt from several vendors without her consent. She discovered the theft when a California vendor contacted her.

* Returning to her vehicle in the 3500 block of Natalie Drive at 8 a.m. Oct. 2, a resident discovered $30 and a GPS unit had been stolen from it.

* A wallet containing $40, two credit cards and several personal documents was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3700 block of Juniper Street between midnight and 7 a.m. Oct. 4.

* Someone stole a resident's wallet from his unlocked vehicle in the 4000 block of Sassafras Court between 3 and 4:30 a.m. Oct. 4. The wallet contained a number of debit and credit cards, and one was later discovered to have been used at a local gas station.

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