Grove City Record

Police beat

Scammer convinces employee to give away $116

Tuesday December 31, 2013 8:59 AM

Someone fleeced money out of an local business by posing as its manager, Grove City police reported.

At 4:50 p.m. Dec. 23, an employee of a business in the 3000 block of Broadway received a phone call from a woman claiming to be the store manager. The woman told the employee to refund $116 to a customer named "Amanda" by taking money from the first-shift cash drawer in the back office and taking it to the lobby of a nearby hotel.

The employee did so, delivering the money to "Amanda," but when she returned and called her true manager, the true manager told the employee she had not called about any refund.

The woman who took the money is described as white, 5-feet-6 and 150 pounds, between 25 and 30 years old, with shoulder length hair. She was hold a yellow hat and wearing a brown coat, the employee told police.

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

* Between 10:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 4 a.m. Dec. 24, someone broke into a locked vehicle in the 2400 block of Parkview Drive, causing $750 worth of damage, and used a garage door opener to enter the attached garage of the owner. Nothing appears to have been stolen from the garage, but an electronic mobile device valued at $500 was taken from the vehicle.

Two screwdrivers were found inside the vehicle and are believed to have been used by the suspect or suspects. The resident's daughter reported hearing the family's dogs barking overnight and police believe the dogs may have scared off the suspects.

* About 4 a.m. Dec. 24, residents of the 2400 block of Parkview Drive heard dogs barking and the sound of a door closing. One went downstairs and found the overhead garage door open but did not notice anything else at the time. The next morning, they discovered someone had gone through one of their vehicles, stealing change and the garage door opener. Nothing was reported missing from the garage.

One of the residents reported seeing at the time a small, dark-colored, four-door sedan parked in a driveway on Scenic Way with a white man with short, light-colored hair standing next to it.

* Residents of the 3300 block of Belgreen Drive did not see a car or any suspects when their home alarm went off around 3 a.m. Dec. 24, but they heard a car speeding out of the area when they went to investigate. Someone apparently used a garage door opener from one of the residents' vehicle to open the garage, but nothing else appears to have been stolen. A neighbor reported seeing two suspicious cars in the area two or three days prior but could not identify the vehicles or occupants.

* On Dec. 23, a resident of the 6300 block of Rising Sun Drive received a phone call from Checksmart about a potential forged check belonging to him. A man had attempted to cash a check for $60, but the cashier noticed something did not match on the check and denied the transaction. After being notified of the incident, the resident noticed his checkbook was missing. Since Dec. 5, one forged check had already been cashed for $45 to a "Jason Roavanyi." The clerk advised the resident that same man had been successful in cashing a $60 check Dec. 22.

* Between 6 p.m. Dec. 20 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, someone stole a bank card belonging to a resident of the 2900 block of Wendy Lane and used it to make purchases totaling more than $97 at two businesses in Columbus.

* A laptop computer was stolen between 5 p.m. Dec. 19 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21, from the bedroom basement of a residence in the 1200 block of River Trail Drive. The computer was valued at $500.

* Responding to a disturbance at 3:41 p.m. Dec. 22, in the area of the Red Oak Street and Southwest Boulevard, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 3500 block of Broadway on a truck with people inside said to have been involved with almost starting a fight. During the stop, an officer saw a used syringe and silver spoon with burnt residue. One of three people in the vehicle, a 20-year-old Grove City resident, told police the items were his. Police also found a small bag of marijuana and a multicolored glass pipe that the driver, also a 20-year-old Grove City resident, said was his.

Both driver and passenger were released at the scene with Mayor's Court summonses for possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway between 4:15 and 5 p.m. Dec. 23, and stole an electronic device valued at $800. Damage to the vehicle is estimated to be $700.

* A resident of the 1200 block of Great Hunter Drive called police on his brother at 8 p.m. Dec. 20, after he came home to find his brother drunk outside and his television damaged from being kicked off its stand, leaving a crack in the screen, estimated to be $3,000 worth of damage. In addition, the resident found $1,000 worth of damage to his vehicle in the driveway caused by scratches and dents, as well as $3,000 worth of speakers missing from it. The brother left prior to police arrival and could not be located.

* An employee of a hotel in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road reported seeing someone in a pickup truck steal two of the business's air conditioning units, valued at $450 each, from the pool area where they were stored at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24.

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