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Grove City: Suspected stolen vehicle involved in March 4 chase

A suspect fled from officers in a stolen car, according to the Grove City Police Division.

At 7:50 p.m. March 4, an officer on patrol observed a black Toyota Scion hatchback parked outside of a business in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road. The license plate reader in the police cruiser identified the vehicle as stolen and having been involved in a hit-and-run incident. A man, described as having dark hair and wearing a light-colored shirt, was seen getting into the car.

The officer followed the vehicle onto Stringtown Road and police initiated a traffic stop on the bridge over Interstate 71. The officer ordered the man to place his hands outside the window, which he did. Another police cruiser arrived on the scene at this time.

Police ordered the man to turn off the vehicle and throw his keys out onto the ground. Instead, the man sped off, running a red light and nearly striking a westbound vehicle.

Both police cruisers pursued with lights and sirens activated, but the chase was called off. The suspect was last seen going north on I-71 near Frank Road.

The vehicle was reported stolen from a Columbus resident.

In other news from the Grove City police:

* Returning home between 5:50 and 8:45 p.m. March 5, residents of the 3100 block of Farmbrook Drive discovered a burglary had occurred after they found the back door had been pried open.

The residents told police nothing appeared to be missing, but several dresser drawers as well as a drawer in the bathroom had been opened. Nothing else appeared to have been disturbed. Police found a set of footprints outside, approaching the back door from the north and going around the house, that appeared to be from the same individual.

* Officers responded to Mount Carmel Grove City, 6300 North Meadows Drive, after hospital security reported a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck had circled the parking lot and pulled alongside a Chevrolet Cruze at 5 a.m. March 5. A man got out of the truck and stabbed the driver's side tires of the Cruze, causing an estimated $200 worth of damage. The registered owner of the vandalized vehicle, a resident of the 3000 block of Kingston Avenue, was advised of the situation but told police she did not want to file criminal charges or have the situation investigated.

* Between 1:30 p.m. March 2 and 2:30 p.m. March 3, someone stole a shotgun valued at $100 belonging to a resident of the 3200 block of Angela Drive. The gun had been kept in a bedroom closet. The owner told police another resident had been moving out during that time, and he noticed the shotgun missing after the other man had vacated the premises.

* A resident of the 3600 block of Christopher Place reported his debit card stolen March 5, as well as a fraudulent purchase on his account of a little more than $20 made at a gas station in Bexley. The resident told police he had last used the card the day before at a restaurant in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, but later that night, when he returned home and tried to make an online purchase, he couldn't find the card. At first, he thought he had misplaced it, but the next day, he realized it was stolen. The resident told police he believes the waitress didn't give his card back after paying for his meal.

* On March 4, residents of the 4100 block of Tamarack Avenue reported someone had used their personal information to file federal income taxes when they received a return check with both their names on it. They contacted the IRS and were told the returns had been filed online, but the check was sent to their address when a bank refused a direct deposit.

* Between 6 and 9:15 p.m. March 5, someone vandalized a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 1300 block of Red Bank Drive by wiping feces on the front windshield and driver's side door handle.

* On March 2, a resident of the 3500 block of Lake Albert Way reported his ex-girlfriend had opened a line of credit using his personal information through Macy's and left a balance of $184. The resident said he discovered the fraud when he checked his credit report and noticed his score was extremely low.

* A vehicle belonging to a Canal Winchester woman was vandalized between 11:30 a.m. March 2 and 6:45 a.m. March 3, while parked in the 3400 block of Birch Street. Someone punctured the rear tires and scratched derogatory remarks into the paint. The damage is estimated at $800.

* Between Feb. 28 and March 4, someone stole about $2,900 worth of jewelry, a $60 dart set, an HDMI Dongle valued at $25 and a poker chip valued at $100 from a vehicle belonging to a Galloway man while parked in the 3100 block of Broadway. There were no signs of forced entry, but the owner told police he was almost certain he locked the vehicle.

* Someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the 3800 Tamara Drive between 7 p.m. March 4 and 8 a.m. March 5 and stole $650 worth of tools.

* Three credits cards and a silver wedding ring valued at $100 were stolen from a vehicle parked in 2600 block of Dennis Lane between 9 p.m. March 4 and 10:33 a.m. March 5. The items had been left in a bag on the passenger seat. The owner told police his bank informed him one of his cards had been used at a gas station but couldn't tell him where, when and for how much.

* Between 10 a.m. March 4 and 9:13 a.m. March 5, someone entered a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 3900 block of Security Drive and stole the owner's vehicle registration and title.

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