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Grove City: Ordeal with vehicle becomes theft incident

A resident reported the loss of more than $1,000 after calling a friend to help her jump-start her car.

On March 17, a resident of the 3400 block of Hooverside Lane told Grove City police she had called a friend for help in getting her vehicle started. She gave her friend her bank card and PIN to buy jumper cables, which the friend bought, but the friend reportedly also withdrew an additional $40. The pair went to the resident's home to start the vehicle, but afterward, the friend did not return the card or money, reports said.

The next day, the resident noticed the card missing and again called her friend, who told her she didn't have the card but reportedly admitted to taking the extra $40. She returned the money and asked the resident not to contact police, telling her the card must be in the car. The resident looked but could not find the card. However, she checked her bank account and found six unauthorized purchases totaling more than $1,000 had been made with the card over the past day, according to reports.

The card has been canceled, but no arrests or charges have been made.

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

* A woman who was walking her dog in the wooded area east of Henceroth Park, 2075 Mallow Lane, between 10 and 10:30 a.m. March 18 accidentally shot herself when she reached inside her jacket, and the handgun she was carrying in the jacket's front pocket fired. The bullet struck her in the left foot. She went to Mount Carmel Grove City for treatment.

* Officers responded at 7:26 p.m. March 17 to reports of a dog bite near a business in the 2500 block of Southwest Boulevard. An 18-year-old resident told police she was at the business when she saw a friend walking his dog on a leash. While speaking with the friend, the dog jumped up and bit the resident on the lip, causing a cut. The resident told police she only knows the friend's first name and is not certain of his last name or how to spell it or where he lives. Police found a local residence of a man with the name given, but no one answered the door when officers attempted to make contact. A copy of the report was sent to the Board of Health and Animal Control, but neither the dog nor its owner were located.

* A vehicle belonging to a Washington Court House man was reported stolen between 1:30 and 8:30 a.m. March 15 from a parking lot in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road. The man was staying at a hotel with two friends, a man and woman, who had borrowed the car to get food. He then went to sleep. When he woke up, they were not back. At the time of the report, one of the friends had called the man and told him the other friend had dropped him off on the South Side of Columbus, but he didn't know where she or the car was. The man tried to call the friend back, but the friend would not answer his calls.

* Shortly after 2 a.m. March 16, police responded to reports of a fight in front of a business in the 2200 block of Stringtown Road. Officers arrived and saw a large number of people dispersing from the sidewalk area. They identified three men involved in the fight, but the men were intoxicated and did not know who else was involved nor did they wish to file any charges. While outside, the officers were told of a fight taking place inside the business. When they got inside, the officers found the fight already finished and those involved were gone.

* Someone stole a 16-foot aluminum ladder valued at $75 from the backyard of a residence in the 3200 block of Columbus Street between March 16 and 17. The ladder was not locked up.

* Between 8 p.m. March 17 and 7 a.m. March 18, someone entered an unlocked vehicle belonging to a resident of the 3900 block of Homecomer Road and stole a radio faceplate and some playing cards, together valued at $30, while the vehicle was parked in front of the owner's house.

* An air-conditioning unit valued at $5,000 was stolen March 12 from outside a vacant residence in the 3200 block of Ventura Boulevard. The lines to the unit had been cut.

* Nothing was reported stolen, but between 7:30 p.m. March 15 and 1:40 p.m. March 16, someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 4500 block of Teabury Square North, causing $600 worth of damage to the door by prying it open. The vehicle was parked in the resident's driveway.

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