Grove City Record

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Robber threatens clerk during hold-up at drive-thru

Wednesday November 6, 2013 12:09 PM

An armed man threatened a store employee with a gun during a robbery last week, Grove City police reported.

About 9:30 p.m. Oct. 27, a man entered the Grove City Drive Thru, 3440 Broadway, and pulled a gun on an employee.

The robber demanded the employee enter the room with the cash register and open it. When the employee asked if "this was real," the suspect responded by putting the gun into the employee's left side, shoving him into the room and demanding all the money there, police reports said.

The employee handed over about $500, and the robber ran out of the store eastbound.

Police responded but were unable to locate the suspect. He is described as Hispanic, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He wore all black, has brown hair, brown eyes and facial hair, reports said.

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

* The president of a private sports boosters group in Grove City reported the former treasurer of the organization had overpaid himself at least once for $5,750 between May 1, 2012, and Jan. 1, 2013, and she suspects more use of the organization's funds.

The suspect, she told police, had the authority to write checks from the boosters' account, but checks to pay himself required board approval, which he did not get in this case. She said he wrote one or more checks to himself, causing an overdraft situation in the group's account, and now refuses to cooperate by providing documentation about why he did so. The president told police she wishes to pursue a criminal investigation and charges. No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed.

* Returning home after being away between 7:45 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Oct. 31, a resident of the 2900 block of Voellar Circle discovered someone had burglarized her residence by breaking in through a garage door window. The house was ransacked and two televisions, two electronic devices and $900 worth of jewelry were stolen.

Police conducted a search of the area and spoke with neighbors, but none reported seeing anything suspicious.

* Nothing was reported stolen, but someone popped off a window at a residence in the 2900 block of Addison Drive between 3:50 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, and rifled through the bedroom drawers and a closet.

* Officers responding to a burglary alarm at 11:03 p.m. Oct. 27 at a business in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway found someone had broken into the place. Video surveillance footage showed an unknown person dressed in black walking through the hallway from the rear storage room and carrying a pry bar and sledge hammer as he or she went through cabinets in the cash register area. The person ended up getting away with four cash drawers containing $800 from a locked cabinet in the rear storage room.

* Between 1 p.m. Oct. 27 and 6:18 p.m. Oct. 30, someone stole a sound console valued at $20,000 from the sanctuary stage area of the Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4750 Hoover Road. The equipment was kept in an unsecured, unrestricted area and was last used for the church service on Oct. 27.

* Police also responded to the Grove City Church of the Nazarene after an employee reported someone stole her purse from her desk between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The office door was unlocked during the time of the theft, as was the desk. By the time she called her credit card companies to report the theft, the cards had already been used at two gas stations and a store in western Columbus.

* Someone caused $400 worth of damage to a truck parked in front of a rear garage in the 6300 block of Sleepy Meadow Boulevard East by carving several scratches into the driver's door between 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 6 a.m. Oct. 30.

* Between 2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30, someone reportedly stole a mobile device valued at $433 and containing $200 worth of music and headphones valued at $200 from the bookbag of a student at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road. The student told police that he saw a classmate who sits behind him in class during the period the theft occurred wearing similar headphones at the end of the school day.

* At 10:15 p.m. Oct. 30, an unknown woman entered the common area of the Comfort Inn, 4197 Marlane Drive, and stole a painting off a wall, leaving the area in a dark, full-sized Ford pickup truck. The woman, described as black and heavyset with short blonde curly hair, was not recognized as a guest of the hotel.

* After dropping a bag of DVDs he had checked out from the library while carrying groceries into his home, a resident of the 3300 block of Parlin Place South returned to pick up the bag five minutes later at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 27, only to find it gone and a 1999 silver Chevrolet Cavalier squealing its tires as it drove out of the area quickly. The driver was described as a white woman with long hair. The loss of the DVDs is valued at $90.

* Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 3800 block of Santa Maria Drive between 9 p.m. Oct. 27 and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, and stole a bottle containing prescription medication. The bottle had been kept underneath the driver's seat.

* A resident of the 2500 block of Sonora Drive found someone had rummaged through her car between 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 8:15 a.m. Oct. 27, but stole nothing.