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Resident reports man impersonating a police officer

Grove City police are investigating a new report of a man impersonating a police officer.

At 8:49 p.m. Oct. 21, a resident of the 1600 block of Otter Court reported she answered a knock at her door to find a man dressed in black tactical clothing with a jacket that had "Agent" written on it in yellow lettering. The man told her he was a police officer doing some skip tracing and was looking for someone, later determined to be the previous resident of the address who had not lived there for six months.

The resident, speaking through her front window, asked for identification, and the man quickly flashed some kind of badge, according to reports. She told him the person he was looking for did not live there, and he got in a Honda car of unknown model and color and left.

The suspect is described a muscular, white man, between 5-feet-8 to 6-feet-tall and bald.

In a separate Grove City case of man impersonating an officer, to solicit funds from local businesses, a suspect was arrested last week in the Toledo area.

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

* The owner of a business in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard reported an employee stole a tool chest valued at nearly $800 and containing $4,000 worth of equipment about 6 p.m. Oct. 22. The business' closing manager reportedly saw the employee clock out at the end of his shift and roll the tool chest to a tow truck. When another employee told the suspect he shouldn't do that, the suspect replied, "I don't care."

The tow truck company was contacted, and a manager with the tow truck company said the tool chest had been taken to another business in the 1500 block of Harrisburg Pike. The manager of the Harrisburg Pike business told police they had just hired the suspect and Oct. 23 was his first day. The manager confirmed the tool chest had been delivered there and allowed the police to search and positively identify it. Attempts to contact the suspect were unsuccessful. No charges have been filed and no arrests made.

* Someone stole a cellphone valued at $400 from a vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23.

* Grove City police officers and Jackson Township paramedics responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Zuber Road on reports of possible domestic violence between 5 and 5:20 p.m. Oct. 21. According to reports, a pregnant resident told police she and the father of the baby were arguing when she reached into his pocket to grab her keys, and he snatched her hand, squeezing it and causing bruising and swelling. Then, he pushed her against a pantry door by the neck, letting go when he learned of the injured hand and punching a hole through the pantry door. She was taken to the hospital, where it was determined she had a broken pinky. Police issued warrants for domestic violence and assault for the suspect, a 24-year-old Columbus man.

* At 8:27 p.m. Oct. 21, officers responded to a disturbance in the 3000 block of Mulberry Court and arrested a 25-year-old Orient woman for persistent disorderly conduct and safekeeping. The woman was making threats to harm herself when police arrived, but when she yelled threats against a neighbor despite officers' orders to stop, they arrested her.

* A Columbus man told police that his mother, a 92-year-old resident of the 3200 block of Parkview Circle, told him that $2,500 worth of jewelry was discovered missing between Oct. 13 and 20. Police spoke with the resident, who suspects a cleaning lady who was alone inside the house a couple of times during the time the jewelry went missing.

* Returning home after being away from 10:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Oct. 21, a resident of the 3800 block of Meadow Lane discovered someone had stolen a satellite dish valued at $200 from her front yard.

* On Oct. 22, between noon and 3 p.m., someone entered an unlocked residence in the 3300 block of Devin Road and stole a television valued at $160.

* About $1,000 worth of copper piping was stolen between Oct. 12 and 23, from a vacant residence's basement in the 3100 block of Barbee Avenue. Someone broke the knob off a side door to get inside.

* Another vacant home in the 3300 block of Castlon Drive was broken into between 9 a.m. and 7:04 p.m. Oct. 22. An unlisted amount of copper piping was stolen.

* No entry appeared to have been made, but between noon and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23, someone attempted to break into a residence in the 3800 block of Larosa Drive, damaging the blinds and curtains in the process.

* Among the items in a wallet stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3700 block of Larchmere Drive between 6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 6:30 a.m. Oct. 22, were the owner's driver's license, bank cards and $5 in change.

* One blank check was the only thing stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3500 block of Gateway Lakes Drive that was entered by someone between 3 a.m. and 4:42 p.m. Oct. 22.

* Between 2 and 11 a.m. Oct. 21, someone flattened the tires of a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 3400 block of Richard Avenue, causing $400 worth of damage. The resident told police she didn't know who did it but that she had recently obtained a civil protection order against an ex-boyfriend, who already had violated it by sending her text messages.

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