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Grove City: Business is victim of fraudulent advertising scheme

A business in the 2200 block of Stringtown Road reported being hit by a theft on Dec. 3, when a man with a woman he said was his wife entered the store, saying they were from the Success Express LLC Co.

The man said he was working with a local pizza company and that he could place an ad from the business on the other company's pizza boxes for $200. One of the owners of the business agreed to the deal and wrote a check that was cashed the same day.

The man said the ad would start running by the end of January, but when it did not appear, the owner tried to contact the man. She did not get a response and found out his contact information was not valid. She contacted the pizza company and was told it did not know of the man or of his company.

In other news from Grove City Police:

* A resident of the 2300 block of Blodwen Circle reported money was stolen from her using fraudulent checks on Feb. 17 and 18.

According to reports, a man had asked the resident to cash a pair of checks that appeared to have been signed by his mother because he did not have identification or a bank account. The resident cashed two checks, one for $400 on Feb. 17 and the other for $675 the next day, and both times, she gave the man $200, which was all the bank would allow until the checks cleared.

Both checks bounced, and the resident learned the suspect's mother was out of the country. The resident said she contacted the suspect's sister on Facebook, and the sister told her the checks had likely been stolen and that she should call police. No charges or arrests for this incident have been made.

* On Feb. 5, a resident of the 4000 block of Marsol Avenue discovered someone had used her Social Security number to try to open a line of credit in her name through an online banking service when she received a letter from the company telling her it was unable to process her line of credit. The application had been filed online.

* Between 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26, someone stole a white, four-door KIA-SPC valued at $10,000 belonging to a resident of the 2300 block of Sonora Drive. There were no signs of broken glass where it had been parked.

* Copper piping valued at $400 was stolen between Feb. 14 and 22 from a vacant residence in the 5200 block of Meadow Grove Drive. The copper had been taken from the water tank and air conditioner unit, police reports said. Entry occurred by breaking the lock box on the front door to access the key inside it.

* A vehicle owned by a resident of the 2800 block of Parlin Drive sustained $150 worth of damage between 9 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9 a.m. Feb. 26, when the taillight was broken.

* Between 10 p.m. Feb. 27 and 6 a.m. Feb. 28, a set of diamond earrings valued at $400 were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2900 block of Columbus Street.

* A wallet belonging to a resident of the 1600 block of Cityview Court was stolen from the front seat of her vehicle between 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and noon Feb. 23. The wallet, valued at $100, contained her license, debit card and $21 in cash. The car had been left unlocked.

* Shortly before 10 p.m. Feb. 27, a resident of the 3700 block of Broadway became aware of someone inside her vehicle in the driveway when her dog started barking. She told police she saw a black man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt in her car. She knocked on the window to get his attention and ended up breaking the glass, cutting her hand in the process. The man ran off northbound. The only thing missing from the car was a pack of cigarettes.