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Robber hits salon supply store for 2nd time in 10 days

Tuesday November 26, 2013 7:49 AM

A robber hit the same Grove City business for the second time in recent weeks, Grove City police reported.

At 3:48 p.m. Nov. 21, a man wearing all black entered Cosmoprof at 3032 Southwest Blvd., grabbed by the arm an employee who has sweeping the floor and told her, "Here we go."

He led the employee to the front cash register and ordered her to open the drawer. He took an unknown amount of cash and ran out the front of the store and around the east end to the rear of the building, where he was last seen running through a hole in a chain-link fence into the area of the Regency Arms Apartments, police reports said.

Another employee witnessed a black SUV leave the area in a hurry but did not see the suspect get into it.

Customers and employees witnessed the robbery.

The man was identified by employees as the same suspect who had robbed Cosmoprof on Nov. 11, with a knife, although this time he did not show or say he had a weapon.

The suspect is described as a white man wearing a black hoodie, pants, Nike shoes with white swoosh and soles and black scarf or mask covering his nose and mouth. He also wore gloves and stood about 5 feet 9.

Police checked the area but did not locate him.

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

* Officers responded at 3:12 a.m. Nov. 17, to the 3000 block of Broadway to reports of a woman soliciting people for sexual acts. According to reports, police arrived on the scene and found a 27-year-old Grove City man engaging in a sex act in the front seat with a 36-year-old Columbus woman sitting in the passenger seat. The woman was arrested and issued a summons for prostitution after it was reported she had been attempting to solicit people at a nearby business. She was also found in possession of a checkbook that had been reported stolen from a residence in the 3600 block of Christopher Place Nov. 16. Reports did not indicate if the man was charged or arrested. She told police the man had not paid her yet.

* Between Nov. 18 and 21, a burglary occurred at a residence in the 3900 block of Black Pine Drive. Two televisions valued at a combined $1,360 and $3,000 worth of jewelry were stolen. Someone appeared to have pried open the rear door.

* Someone broke into a residence in the 3500 block of Sunshine Park Place between noon and 9 p.m. Nov. 16, by breaking through a bathroom window. Videogame equipment valued at $370 was stolen. The front door lock also had been pried, causing a total of $200 worth of damage to the property.

* Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old Columbus woman with receiving stolen property after officers found a tablet computer that had been reported stolen in her vehicle, during a traffic stop at 8:39 p.m. Nov. 20, in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard. Officers were tipped off by a Lancaster man, whose device had been stolen from his wife's car. Police said he used a tracking application to locate his tablet in the area where the Columbus woman's vehicle was the only one in the area.

Soon after checking the vehicle's license and determining the driver had a suspended license, officers conducted a traffic stop, found the device and determined it belonged to the Lancaster man. The woman told police she had purchased the device from a friend for $120. She was eventually released and issued a Mayor's Court summons for receiving stolen property and driving under suspension.

* Someone stole the vehicle battery from a truck by cutting the battery cables between 2:50 and 2:55 p.m. Nov. 20, in the 3600 block of Gantz Road. Surveillance video footage showed a silver vehicle with two occupants enter the parking lot and park next to the affected vehicle and a man stepping out, entering the unlocked truck and popping the hood to disconnect the battery. The suspect is described as a white man, 60, with tattoos on his arms. He was approximately 6 feet tall and weighed 170 pounds, with brown hair. The battery was valued at $100 and the damage to the cables is estimated to be $150.

* Between 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 11 a.m. Nov. 20, someone used an unknown tool to break the front glass door storm door of a residence in the 6100 block of Borror Road, causing $250 worth of damage, although there was no indication the main door was tampered with.

* Using the garage door opener taken from an unlocked car in the driveway, someone opened the garage door of a residence in the 4500 block of Teabury Square N. and stole electric trimmers valued at $200 and $50 worth of miscellaneous driver bits at 4 a.m. Nov. 20. Opening the garage door caused the door to chime and dogs to bark, but at the time, the resident had not realized entry had been made.

* A shotgun valued at $250 was stolen between Nov. 12 and 18, from a residence in the 3300 block of Devin Road. There were no signs of a break-in, but the owner reported seeing his brother with three or four friends he didn't know in his room and that his brother had a drug problem at one time.

* Officers responded to reports of a theft between 9 and 9:15 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene., 4750 Hoover Road. Three people, two 18-year-old men and a 16-year-old male, told police they were playing dodgeball in the gym, but when they returned to a classroom to retrieve personal items stored under a desk, they found the items missing. The items included two cellphones, a book bag and a pair of flip-flops, a combined valued of $1,085.

* Someone spray-painted graffiti on a business in the 3900 block of Front Street between 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. Nov. 9, causing $200 worth of damage.

* An 18-year-old resident of the 1900 block of Kendall Place was cited for making false alarms between 11:40 p.m. Nov. 17 and 12:34 a.m. Nov. 18. According to reports, the Richland County Sheriff's Office and medics had responded to a phony report after the resident had called someone claiming to be a friend of her daughter and needing help. When confronted by police, the suspect said he thought it would be funny.

* Between 9 p.m. Nov. 13 and noon Nov. 14, someone scratched both sides of a vehicle parked in the 4000 block of Broadway, causing $100 worth of damage.

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