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Grove City: Man implying he has gun robs barber shop

A robber popped into a Grove City barber shop for more than a haircut April 2.

At 12:25 p.m. April 2, the man walked into Great Clips, 1729 Stringtown Road, and approached the register, where he told an employee he had a gun and ordered her to give him all the money. The employee complied, giving him $500 from the register, Grove City police reports said.

As he left, the suspect told the employee to keep cutting hair.

During the robbery, the employee told police, the suspect kept his right hand in the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt like he had a gun pointing through the material while his left hand was in the sleeve, holding it up to try to cover his face.

A customer followed the suspect out into the parking lot and told police the suspect drove away in an older, four-door tan car, possibly a Toyota.

The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He had a mustache and tan complexion, with a few days' growth of beard and wore a blue denim hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

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

* An asset protection manager told owners of a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road that an employee stole $17,000 from the company through various means, including taking cash, creating fake returns involving gift cards and crediting his own credit card, between October 2011 and March 31.

The employee, now working for the same business at a West Broad Street location, is suspected of committing thefts there as well, police reported. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

* Police responded at 3:21 p.m. March 31 to reports of a man panhandling on the north exit ramp of Interstate 71 at Stringtown Road and arrested a 45-year Columbus man after being advised he had warrant through Columbus for solicitation from a roadway. Officers searched the man's book bag and found two hypodermic needles with heroin residue and a metal spoon with burn marks on it. The man said he knew those items were in the bag, but they were not his.

While in the back seat of a cruiser, the man complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing, so police took him to Mount Carmel West for treatment. Police also issued him a summons to appear in Grove City Mayor's Court on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.

* Ten firearms, along with miscellaneous power tools and jewelry and a golf bag containing clubs, were reported stolen during a burglary between Feb. 9 and March 31, at a residence in the 3700 block of Homecomer Drive. The firearms were taken from a gun cabinet in the attic, the tools from the garage and the other items from various rooms throughout the residence.

During that time, contracted workers were in the house to repair damage from broken water lines. The theft was discovered after the resident was contacted by the supervisor of the plumbing company and advised to check for missing valuables because the company had fired an employee for stealing items from the business. The value of the missing items is not known at this time.

* More than $2,000 worth of items, including three televisions, a mobile device and a Blu-ray player were stolen in a burglary between 10 p.m. March 28 and 9:40 p.m. March 31 at a residence in the 2500 block of Sonora Drive. Entry was made through an unlocked rear door.

* On March 31, a resident of the 2300 block of Suffolk Lane was flagged down as he was driving to work by a woman, who told him she had just been kicked out of her apartment and needed a place to stay. He picked her up and allowed her to stay at his place while he was at work between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. But when he returned, she was gone, and several items were missing from his residence, including a television, a DVD player, a mattress and food. The total value lost exceeds $600.

The resident said he tried to call the woman, but a man identifying himself as "Andrew"and the father of the suspect's child answered her phone and said the woman had been arrested earlier in the day on drug-related charges. Police were unable to find any record of contact with the suspect in Franklin County and subsequent attempts to reach "Andrew" were unsuccessful. The resident told police he knew the suspect through her mother but didn't know her last name or have any other information about how to find or contact her.

* A Columbus man reported his cellphone, valued at $450, was stolen by a co-worker at 11:40 a.m. April 2, while he was working at a business in the 3100 block of Lewis Centre Way. The phone had been left at his workstation and set up to play music. All employees have access to the common work area, and no one was seen taking the phone.

* Between 10 p.m. April 1 and 6:12 a.m. April 2, more than $2,900 worth of tools were stolen from a truck parked in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre. The truck belonged to a company from Madison.

* A resident of the 4800 block of Heycross Drive reported someone had fraudulently used his credit card to make a $97 purchase shortly before 2 p.m. March 29 at a Westerville business. The resident said his credit card company told him an actual credit card had been swiped at the location. The card has since been canceled.

* Officers arrested a 31-year-old Grove City man for soliciting without a permit at 3:52 p.m. March 31, after the man was reported to have been going door to door in the 2600 block of Southwest Boulevard and asking for money.

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