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Grove City: Man shows gun, flees with station's cash

Wednesday January 29, 2014 8:22 AM

A man robbed a local gas station after showing an employee a gun, Grove City police reported.

At 4:21 a.m. Jan. 19, a man entered the Circle K, 3043 London-Groveport Road, then approached the employee on duty and showed him the handle of a handgun inside his coat. The employee asked if the man wanted the store's money. The man walked behind the counter, and the employee gave him instructions for opening the cash drawer.

The suspect took a little more than $60before running out of the store and driving away from the scene in a silver Dodge, police reports said. The employee then called police.

The suspect is described as a white male with a beard. He wore white shoes, a black coat, a black-and-white striped winter hat and had a striped tattoo on his chest.

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

* About $10,000 worth of jewelry was reported stolen during a burglary that occurred between Nov. 30 and Jan. 19 at a residence in the 3100 block of Pine Manor Boulevard. The owner was away on cruise until Dec. 8, but she but did not notice anything suspicious upon her return. There were no signs of forced entry, however, the owner told police several people know the code to a garage door keypad that permits entry to the residence.

* A Grove City woman scammed an employee of a business in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road by calling and pretending to be the store's general manager at 12:15 a.m. Jan. 20. The suspect told the employee she needed to refund a total of $186.91 worth of returned items. The employee did so, writing out return receipts for three orders of five dozen doughnuts and four 40-packs of bite-sized doughnuts and placing them in the cash drawer.

Soon after, a woman later identified in a police photo lineup came inside the store and collected the return receipts, cashed them and left the area. Later, the employee explained the situation to the assistant manager who told her it was a scam. Theft charges, with a summons to appear in Mayor's Court, were filed against the suspect.

* Someone broke into a company van parked in the 2000 block of Stringtown Road between 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. Jan. 20 and stole more than $2,300 worth of tools. Damages estimated at $200 also were made to the van to gain entry.

* Between 7:45 and 8:12 p.m. Jan. 22, someone stole nearly $1,500 worth of tools from the bed of a truck belonging to an Illinois man while it was parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.

* Police cited a resident of the 4800 block of Haughn Road after her dog bit a jogger at 9 a.m. Jan. 20. The victim told police the dog chased her and bit her, leaving a hole in her pants without puncturing the skin. The dog's owner told police she usually keeps the dog securely restrained and had it registered and vaccinated in Oregon, where she also maintains a residence, but she could not provide any proof of registration or rabies vaccination. Police notified Franklin County Animal Control, and the agency advised it would send someone to quarantine the dog.

* Someone broke into the unlocked maintenance shop of an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard between 3 p.m. Jan. 17 and 11 a.m. Jan. 20, and stole a welder valued at $389 and a ladder valued at $80.

* A break-in was reported between 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at a house under construction in the 1500 block of Pinnacle Club Drive. About $1,600 worth of tools were stolen.

* A gray Chrevrolet SUV belonging to a Grove City woman was stolen between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 from a parking lot in the 3100 block of Broadway.

* An Ashville man who accompanied his wife to a medical facility in the 1800 block of Ohio Drive told police his wallet was stolen after he took it out to provide his insurance card to the receptionist at 10 a.m. Jan. 22. He said he believes he left the wallet on his lap while they waited, but after the appointment, he couldn't find his wallet. The man canceled his credit cards, but no suspicious activity was reported on them.

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