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Grove City: Man discovers burglary; neighbor saw suspect's vehicle

A Grove City resident recently returned home to find he was the victim of burglary, Grove City police reported.

Returning home from work on April 15, a resident of the 3800 block of Breck Avenue found the front door of his residence was ajar. He and his son went through the house and found a number of items missing, including two video game consoles, a television and three pairs of shoes. The total value lost exceeds $2,400, police reports said.

A neighbor told the resident that she saw a large silver car with dark-tinted windows back into the driveway between 8 and 9 a.m. She did not see how many people were in the car, but it left about five minutes later.

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

* Two female juveniles, both 14, one from Whitehall and one from Grove City, were charged with disorderly conduct for fighting between 5 and 5:30 p.m. April 10 at Westgrove Park, near the 3500 block of Magnolia St. The mother of one of them, a 37-year-old Whitehall woman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child after she was seen on cellphone video footage encouraging her daughter to fight.

According to reports, the girls had gotten into an argument at school earlier in the day. Two males stepped in and stopped the fight by grabbing the girls while the woman yelled at them not to touch her daughter.

* Sometime between April 10 and 11, someone cashed an insurance check for $1,658.11 by forging the signature of a resident of the 3400 block of Mill Street. The resident was advised by an employee of the insurance agency that the check was a two-party check requiring both the resident's and the suspect's signature. At the time of the forgery, the suspect, who was unlisted, had his vehicle at a body shop to be fixed by the resident. No arrests or charges have been made.

* A resident of the 4600 block of Hunting Creek Drive discovered someone had used his Social Security number and name to file false federal and state tax returns when he received a notification letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation on April 17.

* While trying to file his state and federal taxes, a resident of the 3700 block of Capistrano Way learned someone had stolen his identity by filing returns using his Social Security number.

* The owner of a business in the 3500 block of Broadway reported that on April 2, she agreed to pay a 40-year-old Grove City man $140 for window and door graphics for the business that would be placed within a week. She wrote a check for $75 to someone else at his request because he told her he did not have an Ohio ID. The check cleared the next day, but as of April 14, the work had not been done, and the business owner has not been able to reach the man using the phone number he provided. A theft charge was filed against him and sent via certified mail to an address he had provided the owner.

* A resident of the 4000 block of Sequoia Avenue reported her son's cellphone was stolen between 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 7:30 p.m. April 13, after he had accidentally left it on their front porch. The person who stole the phone was using the device to send inappropriate texts to contacts in the phone.

* Someone broke into a vehicle between 10:32 and 10:43 a.m. April 17 while it was parked in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road and stole the owner's purse, which contained a number of gift cards and $320 in cash. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $300, reports stated.

* Between 11 a.m. and noon April 16, someone broke into a vehicle, shattering a window and causing $300 worth of damage, while it was parked in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road. The person stole a purse containing the owner's credit cards and other personal documents.

* An electronic device valued at $200 was stolen between 7 and 7:25 p.m. April 12, after someone broke into a vehicle in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, causing $200 worth of damage to a window.

* Sometime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. April 14, someone broke the window of a Grove City resident's vehicle while it was parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road, causing $150 worth of damage to a window. Nothing was reported stolen.

* After shopping at Giant Eagle, 2173 Stringtown Road, at 10:41 p.m. April 15, a Grove City woman accidentally left her purse in her shopping cart while she was loading groceries into her vehicle. When she realized her mistake and went back to the cart, the purse could not be located. The purse contained credit cards and other personal documents.

* On receiving reports of three children left unattended in a vehicle, police responded at 6:30 p.m. April 16 to the 2200 block of Stringtown Road and found three small children, the oldest of which was 4, alone in an unlocked vehicle. Two of the children were crying. Officers opened the back door and asked the oldest child where their parents were, and he told police their father was inside a nearby store. A few minutes later, the children's father, a 28-year-old Hilliard man, came outside to the vehicle. Police issued him a Mayor's Court summons for child endangering.

* Officers responded at 10:07 p.m. April 16 to the area of Broadway and Home Road on reports of a possibly impaired driver swerving back and forth between lanes and driving erratically. Officers located the vehicle, parked in the 2500 block of Southwest Boulevard, and approached the driver, a 24-year-old Columbus man who said he was lost and trying to follow his GPS. However, one of the officers smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, reports said. The man said there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and gave permission for it to be searched. Police discovered he did have a small bag of marijuana in his right front pants pocket. The man was issued a Mayor's Court summons for possession of marijuana and released at the scene.

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