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Man with gun robs local Speedway station Oct. 13

Wednesday October 23, 2013 12:18 PM

An armed robber hit an local gas station last week, Grove City police reported.

At 11:52 p.m. Oct. 13, a man walked into Speedway, 3135 Broadway, and asked for cigars. After placing two packs on the counter, the clerk rang up the price on a computer screen, but when he looked back, the clerk saw the man had placed a gun on the counter and pointed it at him.

The man demanded all the money from the register and fled on foot with a little more than $171.

The man was described as black and in his 20s. He was about 5-feet-9-inches, with a skinny build and a slight mustache. He wore a dark-blue hooded sweatshirt and black baseball cap with the word "Enspire," the clerk told police.

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

* A parent of a student J.C. Sommer Elementary School, 3055 Kingston Ave., reported receiving a "disturbing email" from her daughter's first-grade teacher on Oct. 14. According to an email sent to parents of students in the class, a student reportedly threatened to hurt himself and others, and this is the second such incident involving this student this year. He was taken to the office and released to his parents.

The parent who contacted police said she felt the district and school were not taking appropriate action and that her child shouldn't have to be around such behavior. The principal told police the school is taking appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again. The student in question, the principal told police, will be put on a home-study plan, and if more incidents occur, expulsion will be the likely course of action.

* The owner of a business in the 4000 block of Hoover Road reported on Oct. 17 a possible theft from a high-pressure salesman between Sept. 3 and Oct. 3. She said the man solicited her to contract with him for a new credit card reader. The owner described the man, whose name was unlisted, as "politely forceful" when he brought her purple box to leave in place of her current reader and tried to take her current equipment with him. She did not allow the exchange and told him she has a contract with her current card-reader company, and he eventually left. They had met the previous day when she gave him a copy of her business check to assist with the paperwork of his proposal.

She notified her bank and put her account on alert and later learned there had been a withdrawal for $55.05, the amount the man had told her was the monthly fee for the new machine.

* A resident of the 3500 block of Hunters Crossing Drive reported Oct. 16 that someone had used his personal information to open an account with American Electric Power. The resident discovered this when he applied for an apartment and was declined because of an unpaid AEP account. The resident told police his father had used his information over the past year while he had been in the military, but AEP had declined to give him his father's current address and attempts to contact his father were unsuccessful.

* Sometime between Oct. 4 and 11, someone used the personal information belonging to a resident of the 1900 block of Michelle Court to receive a bank card and rack up more than $2,400 worth of purchases at a number of businesses. The card had been sent to an address in the 4200 block of Moreland Circle.

* The number for a debit card belonging to the Grove City Town Center Group, 3378 Park St., was fraudulently used to make an online purchase for $14 at 12:26 p.m. Oct. 13. Another purchase, for $1,158, was attempted but blocked.

* While standing at 1:10 p.m. outside a restaurant in the 2800 block of Home Road, a Fayetteville, Ga., man was approached by a white woman who asked to borrow his phone to make a call. He gave it to her, and she walked to the rear lot, saying she needed to get a number. He followed her and saw her jump into the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a man, which immediately took off. The lost phone is valued at $500.

* Between noon Oct. 12 and 7:40 a.m. Oct. 14, someone stole a rental truck valued at $35,000 from the lot of a business in the 3300 block of Broadway. An employee recovered pieces of a door lock lock and trim where the truck had been parked.

* Between 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 7:15 a.m. Oct. 16, someone broke into a construction site in the 900 block of Pinnacle Club Drive and stole $500 worth of copper pipes. The pipes were cut from the ceiling of a house under construction.

* Someone stole a Bexley woman's car while it was parked between 4:07 and 5:09 p.m. Oct. 15 in a lot in the 2700 block of London Groveport Road. The owner's daughter had driven the car, valued at $5,200, to the area but was picked up and taken home by a friend. When they returned for the silver, four-door Toyota Corolla, it was gone. It's unknown if the vehicle's keys were left in it or how entry was made. Police reported the daughter had lost the same vehicle earlier that same day, but it had been located by police in the 3300 block of Broadway.

* At 11:28 p.m. Oct. 15, an 18-year-old Columbus man entered Domino's Pizza, 3556 Broadway and ordered two pizzas. He asked about the price of a bottle of soda, and when told the price was $1.59, complained that was too expensive.

While an employee placed the pizzas in the oven, the man took a soda from the cooler and hid it in his hoodie, then left the store without paying for it. He returned for his pizzas, but the employee had seen the theft on video surveillance and called police. When officers arrived, the suspect offered to pay for the drink, but the employee refused. Police issued him a summons to appear in Mayor's Court on a charge of theft.

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