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Grove City: Burglar steals electronics during daytime break-in

Wednesday February 12, 2014 10:25 AM

More than $3,600 worth of electronics were stolen in a burglary between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at a residence in the 4100 block of Ashgrove Drive, Grove City police reported.

The resident told police he returned home and noticed the back door was damaged. A panel was broken out, and someone apparently had reached inside through the panel to unlock the door. Inside, the resident discovered his television, laptop computers and video game system had been stolen.

A neighbor told police he saw a gray Honda Civic in the victim's driveway about 2 p.m., reports said.

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

* At 8 p.m. Jan. 29, a woman identifying herself as "Katie Bentley" entered Squeo Music, 2068 Stringtown Road, and asked an employee for donations on behalf of the "Harold Benefit." She told an employee that if a donation was made, a newspaper ad would be placed stating the business location and amount donated. The employee called the store manager, and the manager gave consent to give the woman $50.

However, the ads never appeared in the newspaper, and the newspaper staff advised the employee they did not know about the benefit or who "Katie Bentley" was.

* At 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4, an Akron man went to get something out of his work van that was parked in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road and found an unknown white man inside it. He told the suspect to get out of the van, but when the suspect did so, he ran to a nearby SUV driven by two other white men, which sped away toward Stringtown Road. All three suspects wore hooded sweatshirts covering their heads. In addition to damage to the van caused by breaking a lock, more than $1,300 worth of tools were stolen, reports said.

* A Tennessee man discovered at 11:55 p.m. Feb. 4 someone had broken into his vehicle, parked in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road, through the rear passenger window. In addition to $250 worth of damage, a briefcase containing paperwork was stolen.

* Police arrested and charged a 33-year-old resident of Weeping Spruce Drive for domestic violence and assault after an incident at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 4, in which he reportedly assaulted his 12-year-old daughter. According to reports, the girl and her sister were arguing when the man told his daughter to go to her room, and she refused, saying she had to get ready for school. In a resulting argument, he reportedly pushed her into her room and struck her in the face, knocking her to the floor where he struck her in the back.

* Between 4 p.m. Jan. 31 and 1 p.m. Feb. 3, someone pried the driver-side mirror off a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 2000 block of Shirlene Drive while it was parked in the driveway, causing $100 worth of damage.

* Someone entered an unlocked vehicle between midnight and 10 a.m. Feb. 2, while it was parked in the owner's driveway in the 1900 block of Sunny Creek Court and stole a diamond wedding band valued at $3,200, an electronic tablet valued at $400, another electronic device valued at $200 and a pair of headphones valued at $200.

* While checking out at 10:28 p.m Feb. 1 from Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Road, a Grove City resident accidentally left his electronic device, valued at $500, unattended near a register. When he returned to get it, it was gone.

Two employees advised police they saw a man pick up the device and put it in his bag. The man also was seen committing the theft on surveillance video. A special-duty officer advised police the suspect had spoken with him about trying to use tax-exempt paperwork to buy a large amount of soda pop. The suspect had even provided a document to the officer with a business name and address, but his identity is unknown. The suspect is described as of Middle Eastern descent, 6-foot-1, 245 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He wore dark pants, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and glasses.

* An off-duty Columbus police officer called in to report he was following a possible drunk driver at 11:14 p.m. Feb. 1, on Stringtown Road near Interstate 71, and Grove City police responded. The suspect vehicle was located in the 4500 block of Grand Stand Drive, and a man was seen walking away from the vehicle toward a house on the block. The man, later identified as a 35-year-old resident of the block, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and cited for OVI.

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