Grove City Record

Police beat

Burglars using garage door openers to enter residences

Wednesday December 11, 2013 10:17 AM

A resident woke up in the middle of the night to find a burglar about to enter his living room, Grove City police reported.

While sleeping on a living room couch at 2:35 a.m. Dec. 12, a resident of the 4700 block of Dunmann Way awoke to see an unknown man looking inside through the door to the attached garage. When he realized he had been seen, the burglar shut the door and fled the area on foot.

A number of items were reported missing from two vehicles inside the garage, including $52 in cash, a machete and a full gas can. A missing garage door opener is believed to have been used to access the garage.

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

* Residents of the 4500 block of Edgarton Drive fell sleep on the living room couch at 3:45 a.m. and woke around 5 a.m. Dec. 1, to discover a burglar had been through their house, rifling through the kitchen, several drawers and a number of closets.

Among the listed items stolen were $240 in cash and $500 worth of electronic devices. The residents had left their vehicle unlocked in the driveway that night, and it is believed the culprit used the garage door opener from the vehicle to gain access to the garage and home.

* Someone used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 4600 block of Michael Place to open the garage door and steal a number of items from vehicles inside the garage, including a cell phone and GPS unit as well as a gas can, between 11 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. Dec. 1.

* Someone broke into a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road between 9:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 10:50 a.m. Dec. 7, and stole a safe containing $3,000 in cash as well as a checkbook and cash drawers.

* An officer on patrol at 4 a.m. Dec. 1, saw an open garage door in the 4400 block of Clayburn Drive and contacted the occupants of the residence. One noticed the garage door opener was missing from her unlocked van in the driveway. She told the officer she had heard her dogs barking sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. but did not check it out.

The interior door to the house was locked, but at the time of the report, the residents were not sure if anything was stolen from the garage.

* A resident of the 3400 block of Parlin Place South left home at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 and returned at 10 p.m. Dec. 7, to find a rifle, valued at $800, had been stolen from under his bed. There was no sign of forced entry or any other property disturbed in the residence.

* Officers responded to reports of a drunk man assaulting an employee at Jolly Pirate Donuts, 3118 Southwest Blvd., shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 8. Police found the suspect, a 21-year-old Columbus man, and the employee, a 61-year-old Grove City man, fighting on the ground outside the business.

After breaking up the fight, they attempted to interview the suspect, but he was uncooperative.

According to witnesses, the man came inside the store and begun making vulgar statements and harassing a woman working there. She asked him numerous times to leave, but he did not. When the employee asked the 21-year-old to leave, he responded by shoving, punching, kicking and throwing coffee on him. Police arrested him for assault and disorderly conduct.

* Shopping at TJ Maxx, 1707 Stringtown Road, between 3 and 4:09 p.m. Dec. 2, a 75-year-old resident reported her wallet was stolen from her purse. She told police that a "young woman, possibly Indian" approached her and asked her to hold up some sweaters because she was shopping for her grandmother and the resident was the grandmother's size.

The resident did so but noticed an unknown male go by her cart where her purse was. Then the young woman left, and that's when the resident noticed her wallet was gone.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road between 12:15 and 1:40 p.m. Dec. 4, and stole a mobile device valued at $500, headphones valued at $118, a laptop computer valued at $1,500 and a $400 briefcase. Damage to the vehicle, which belonged to a South Carolina resident, is estimated to be $150.

* Another vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road was vandalized between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4, when someone carved scratches into the side of the vehicle from the driver's side door to the rear of the vehicle, causing an unknown amount of damage.

* Police responded at 11:51 p.m. Dec. 6 to reports of a suspicious person checking car door handles in the area of Richard Avenue between Parlin Drive and Addison Drive.

About 1 a.m. Dec. 7, in a parking lot of the 3100 block of Broadway, officers found a man who matched a description of the suspect. In addition to a book bag, he was carrying a large box containing luggage as well as a number of other items. The box had the name of a resident who lived on Heritage Glen Drive.

The man, a 25-year-old from Columbus, had other property with identification indicating it belonged to other people and couldn't answer questions from officers about where the items came from. After contacting listed owners for a number of the items and confirming they had been stolen, officers arrested and charged the man for receiving stolen property.

* While on patrol around 5:20 a.m. Dec. 1, an officer saw a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 3600 block of Lydia Court with its dome light on. The officer approached the vehicle and saw that its stereo had been stolen. The officer contacted the vehicle's owner at a residence on the block, and the owner said no other items were taken. The vehicle had been left unlocked.

* Someone broke into a church in the 1500 block of London Groveport Road between 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 7:44 a.m. Dec. 3, and stole three cordless microphones valued at $1,000. In addition to damage to the door used to gain entry to the building, the culprit broke through several office doors.

* About $2,300 worth of industrial batteries were reported stolen from the construction site of the Monterey Elementary School, 2584 Dennis Lane between 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and 7 a.m. Dec. 2. The equipment belonged to a number of contractors working at the site, which is surrounded by fence and locked gates, but there was no damage to the fence and the locks were in place. The batteries were taken from forklifts and a bulldozer.

* A resident of the 5000 block Demorest Drive reported a number of deliveries left on his front porch between 3:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 were stolen by the time he got home. The stolen items included a vacuum, printer, $76 worth of DVDs and $65 worth of children's toys.

* Between 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 8:35 a.m. Dec. 4, someone pried open the mailbox at a home in the 4200 block of Parkmead Drive and stole three packages, including the resident's medication.

* Someone broke the sun roof of a vehicle parked in the 3300 block of Heritage Glen Drive between 8:15 p.m. Dec. 1 and 6:10 a.m. Dec 2, causing $300 worth of damage.

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