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Grove City: Woman's fiance empties her bank account, disappears

A woman's fiance used their anniversary date to empty her bank account, Grove City police reported.

On April 10, a resident of the 4600 block of Grand Strand Drive reported her fiance had made numerous unauthorized withdrawals of at least $6,207 from her checking account between October of last year and April 8. She told police she had begun to suspect money was missing from her account but was not certain until she tried to make a withdrawal April 9, and found she had no money in her account.

She contacted her fiance who told her via text message he had taken the money, using a temporary ATM card of hers that she had stopped using. He knew her PIN because it was their anniversary date. Since then, the resident has not been able to locate her fiance.

At this time, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

In other recent incidents from the Grove City Division of Police:

* Between Feb. 18 and March 31, a resident of the 2200 block of Cove Landing was away from the residence, which was locked and empty. When the resident returned home, she found the window in her master bedroom open and her jewelry box tossed on the bed and floor. Since then, she has discovered $4,150 worth of jewelry missing.

* A resident of the 2300 block of Sundew Avenue discovered someone had used his personal information to open a credit card account without his permission when he received two letters from the credit card company April 2, one congratulating him for opening the account and the other telling him the account had been suspended because it had reached its credit limit of $1,250.

* After filing her taxes April 2, a resident of the 3400 block of Marshrun Drive was contacted by the IRS, advising her that someone had already filed taxes this year using her personal information.

* At 1:30 p.m. April 9, a Columbus man took his granddaughter to an appointment in the 1800 block of Ohio Drive. After checking in, she asked to borrow his keys so she could get something from his car, a light blue, four-door Toyota Avalon. However, she never returned.

When he went outside, he found her and the car missing. The man told police his granddaughter is a heroin addict and had stolen another of his cars several weeks earlier, but it had been recovered. He told police he did not want to file theft charges, but police filed an arrest warrant against the granddaughter for the theft.

* Copper piping worth $600 and a $150 air compressor were reported stolen from the building site at Mount Carmel Grove City, 5300 North Meadows Blvd., between 2:30 p.m. April 4 and 7 a.m. April 7. It appears someone made entry by breaking in through a section of the building that had been secured with plywood.

* Someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 1800 block of Red Bank Drive between 11 p.m. April 6 and 7 a.m. April 7, In addition to causing $500 worth of damage to the windows, a $25 Chipotle gift card and change were stolen. Officers found a pry mark on one of the doors as well as a large rock nearby.

* Between 5:30 p.m. April 8 and 6:30 a.m. April 9, someone entered a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 4100 block of Rishel Court while it was parked in the driveway and stole the owner's prescription medication and folding knife. The resident told police he believed the vehicle had been locked, but no signs of forced entry were found.

* Someone stole a purse valued at $50 belonging to a resident of the 4400 block of Windrow Drive between 9 p.m. April 9 and 7:30 a.m. April 10. The purse contained personal documents, a wallet valued at $20 and $5. The car had been unlocked and parked in the driveway.

* A Grove City resident reported the rear license plate was stolen off her vehicle while it was parked between 7 a.m. and 5:19 p.m. April 9 in the 2300 block of Stringtown Road.

* The manager of a restaurant in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road reported a customer passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the business at 3:15 p.m. April 8. The manager unwittingly gave the suspect $88.02 in change. The suspect is described as a black woman, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. She wore a brown coat with fur around the hood, blue jeans and a light-colored ball cap.

* While driving east the 2000 block of Stringtown Road at 6:32 p.m. April 9, an officer saw a woman running around outside a restaurant with her pants down around knees with her underwear exposed. She reportedly pulled down her underwear and exposed herself, squatting behind a shrub as if urinating or defecating. At the time, Stringtown had heavy traffic and the woman was in full view of passing motorists, the patrolman reported.

The officer pulled into the lot, approached the woman and asked her if there was a better place she could be doing that. She replied that she had to "pee really bad." When asked why she didn't go inside the restaurant to use the restroom, she repeated her answer. The 25-year-old Columbus woman was cited for public indecency and served a summons to appear in Grove City Mayor's Court. She initially refused to sign the citation from the officer. During this time, she was talking on the phone with someone for advice, and that person convinced her to sign the ticket. Then she and the group she was with went inside the restaurant, reports said.

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