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Grove City: Man asks for directions at back door, steals wallet

Wednesday January 22, 2014 6:49 AM

A man stole a wallet from a local residence after knocking on the back door to ask for directions, Grove City police reported.

At 2:30 p.m. Jan. 13, a man knocked on the back door of the residence in the 3200 block of Columbus Street. The resident's daughter, who was visiting from Florida, answered the door, and the man asked if she knew where "the Wilsons" lived, police reports said.

She told him she did not but would ask her father, who was sitting in the adjacent living room. She walked away from the back door to ask her father, who told her he did not know of any Wilsons in the area. The woman returned to the back door and relayed the information to the man, reports said, and he quickly left the back porch and the area on foot.

However, the resident soon entered the kitchen and realized his wallet was missing from the kitchen table, next to the back door. The daughter told police she believed the man entered the house and stole the wallet when she went into the living room to speak with her father.

Since then, credit cards from the wallet have been reported used at a number of locations, including a gas station on South High Street in Columbus, but the full number and details of all unauthorized transactions have not been determined.

The suspect is described as a white man, age 60-70, with a mustache and beard. He wore large prescription glasses, a ball cap and a plaid shirt, reports said.

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

* Between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13, a burglary was reported at a residence in the 3400 block of Parlin Place South. Entry was gained by breaking in through a basement window. Video games and equipment valued at more than $1,000 were stolen.

* A 69-year-old resident of Suffolk Lane reported his sister stole $7,800 from his bank account between Feb. 1, 2013 and Jan. 13. The resident told police his sister has legal authority to handle his medical needs but not his finances, though he gave her permission to pay his rent and bills. But she reportedly used his money to pay her own rent and bills and wrote checks to herself for cash, signing his name without permission. The resident said he knew what she was doing but did not want to report it because she was his only help and he did not want lose that. A referral has been made to the Franklin County Office on Aging.

* Police issued warrants on charges of domestic violence and assault against a 30-year-old resident of the 3600 block of Grove City Road after an incident around 1 a.m. Jan. 13, in which he reportedly hit his girlfriend with an electric heater and wooden board, leaving several bruises and cuts.

* A rental car, driven by a Tennessee man, was stolen between 11 p.m. Jan. 15 and 7:29 a.m. Jan. 16, from the 4000 block of Jackpot Road. The man told police he had met an unknown woman at a local bar, and she returned to his hotel room around 11 p.m. She left the room at 1 a.m. and did not return, but the next morning, he discovered the car gone. Its key was missing from his key chain.

* Between 10 p.m. Jan. 15 and 8:14 a.m. Jan. 16, someone broke into an Indiana man's company van while it was parked in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road. An impact drill set valued at $175, a socket set valued at $200 and a radio valued at $100 were stolen, and the vehicle sustained an unlisted amount of damage to a lock.

* A resident of the 3900 block of Orchard Lane reported receiving a call from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Dec. 30, informing her that a vehicle with a license plate belonging to her had gone through a toll booth without paying on Dec. 9. However, the resident said she had not used that license plate number since 2008, and the last place she saw it was her home. At the time of the incident in Massachusetts, she was at work.

* A Columbus woman's wallet was reported stolen between 3:45 and 4:50 p.m. Jan. 14, while she was in the 4000 block of Gantz Road. She contacted her bank and was informed her debit and credit cards had already been used to buy an unknown amount of gas and groceries.

* The supervisor of the construction site of Lamplighter Senior Village, 1185 Lamplighter Drive, reported someone stole the bolts that hold the Dumpster doors closed, a $200 loss, between 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 16.

* Someone entered a vehicle in the 4500 block of Pebble Beach Drive between 8 p.m. Jan. 11 and 6 a.m. Jan. 12, and stole the owner's GPS unit valued at $110. There was no sign of forced entry.

* While parked in the 2300 block of Huntmaster Lane between midnight and 3:30 a.m. Jan. 13, a resident's vehicle was entered, and documents, running shoes, a blue and gray coat and a pair of sunglasses were stolen from it. The total value of the loss is estimated to be $350.

* Perfume and cigarettes were stolen from an unlocked vehicle belonging to a Lancaster woman, parked in the 3200 block of Heritage Glen Drive between 7 and 8:20 p.m. Jan. 13.

* Between 5 p.m. Jan. 14 and 6:50 a.m. Jan. 15, someone broke the window of a vehicle parked in the 3200 block of Heritage Glen Drive by throwing a rock through it. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle, but a bloody tissue was recovered from the driver's seat.

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