Staff members of a local store stopped a suspected shoplifter last week, leading to the discovery of nine heroin syringes in her purse, Grove City police reported.
Officers arrested the 24-year-old Columbus woman for shoplifting at 4:28 p.m. Jan. 29, at Wal-Mart, 1693 Stringtown Road, after she tried to leave with nearly $160 worth of merchandise and was detained by store staff, police reports said.
During a search of her purse, officers found nine syringes with brown residue in them, a metal spoon with burnt residue on it and a piece of wax paper with more residue on it. The woman told police the items were for her heroin addiction. Other items found in her purse included ID and credit cards that belonged to other people but had not been reported stolen.
The woman also told police that before being caught shoplifting, she had swallowed 10 pills of what she thought was some kind of ecstasy. Paramedics from the Jackson Township Fire Division transported her to the hospital but not before police advised her of the charges against her -- shoplifting and possessing drug abuse instruments -- and a future court date.
She was taken to the emergency room but reportedly left without providing further information and refused any treatment.
In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:
* On Jan. 28, a resident of the 3200 block of Simmons Drive reported her niece stole nearly $6,000 worth of jewelry from her Sept. 9, and then pawned the items. According to reports, the niece visited her grandmother, who also lives at the residence, while the aunt was away from home. Since the niece has a history of stealing from family members, the aunt checked her valuables when she got back and found the jewelry missing.
She confronted her niece, who admitted to the theft and gave her a slip to a pawn shop, where it was revealed the niece's boyfriend had sold a wedding ring set and a pearl ring. The aunt ended up paying $1,054 to reclaim her jewelry.
The aunt said her niece agreed to pay back the money with $25 weekly payments. She made two, but has not made any since Oct. 11. The whereabouts of another ring also is unknown, and the resident advised police she would like to press charges for theft.
* Between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29, a wallet, a video game valued at $60 and $165 belonging to a 17-year-old resident of the 3200 block of Belstone Drive were reported stolen. During the time of the theft, a subcontractor from a cable company was inside the house unsupervised for a period of time. The identity of the subcontractor is unknown.
* A total of $941 was reported stolen at 9:41 p.m. Jan. 27, from Arby's, 2986 London Groveport Road. An employee told police she went outside for a smoke break at that time while a new employee, a 25-year-old Grove City man, remained inside.
As she returned to the store, the new employee was heading out, telling her he needed to get something from his car. But he never returned to work, even though he wasn't scheduled to end his shift until after closing. Surveillance video showed the new employee stealing the cash from two different registers. A misdemeanor theft charge was filed through Mayor's Court.
* Police arrested a 33-year-old Dayton man for criminal mischief after he was seen trying to load a large box that had been left out for pick up in front of a residence in the 1700 block of Nature Drive at 3:33 p.m. Jan. 28. He was stopped by police on McDowell Road after police identified the vehicle he was driving The man told police he had intended to steal the box, which had been left out to be picked up by FedEx, but couldn't fit it into his car.
* Police issued arrest warrants against a 46-year-old resident of the 1400 block of Gateway Lakes Drive for menacing and domestic violence after his ex-wife reported receiving threatening emails from him between 8:54 and 10:36 a.m. Jan. 30. Attempts by police to contact the suspect were unsuccessful.
* Someone stole the company van of a Willoughby man between 7:55 and 8:10 a.m. Jan. 29, while it was parked in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road. The man had started the van and left it running to warm up while he went inside for breakfast.
* Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 27, someone pried open a postal service parcel container for an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Royal Meadow Lane and then opened a parcel containing a sweater. Damage to the parcel is estimated to be $600.
* A freezer valued at $50 was reported stolen between 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 7:45 a.m. Jan. 27, from behind a restaurant in the 3500 block of Broadway.
* On Jan. 13, someone charged $786 on a credit card belonging to a resident of the 4700 block of St. Andrews Drive at a store on Stringtown Road. The resident contacted police Jan. 30, saying she still has possession of the card and suspects someone obtained the number.
* An officer on patrol discovered someone had broken into a vehicle parked in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road between 12:30 and 2:06 a.m. Jan. 29, breaking its rear window and rear passenger window and causing $300 worth of damage. The officer made contact with the owner who, after searching the vehicle, determined nothing was stolen.