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Grove City: Pressure washer, telescope stolen from garage

Someone burglarized a residential garage after the owner left it unlocked, according to Grove City police.

Between 8:30 p.m. April 24 and 6:30 a.m. April 25, the unlocked garage at a residence in the 4300 block of Lynne Circle was entered. Stolen were an electric pressure washer valued at $1,400 and a telescope with a tripod valued at $250.

The resident discovered the theft after seeing the rear door to the garage open as he was on his way to work in the morning.

In addition to the stolen items, the resident noticed a lawnmower had been pulled out of the corner and a trash can was moved and sitting in the middle of the garage.

Police searched the area and spoke with a neighbor who said she had also been a victim of a theft during the same time period. Her GPS unit, valued at $150, was taken from her unlocked car.

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

* Police issued a Mayor's Court summons for sexual imposition to a 65-year-old Mansfield man after an incident at 2:15 p.m. April 15, in which he was reported to have inappropriately grabbed an employee at the VA Outpatient Clinic, 1955 Ohio Drive.

The victim had just completed an examination when the man thanked her and asked if he could give her a hug. She agreed, and he hugged her but then he kissed her on the cheek. She told him to stop and that was inappropriate behavior. According to reports, the man told her he couldn't help himself. She opened the door to the exam room, but he pulled her back in and groped her. He asked if he could see her again and have her phone number, but she told him to leave. She reported the incident to another staff member and the staff notified police. Police called the man, who came in for a voluntary interview, where he was charged.

* Someone burglarized a residence in the 4200 block of Rishel Court between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 23. About $700 worth of video games and consoles were reported stolen. The residence had been locked, but a rear window did not lock, which is where entry is believed to have occurred.

* Someone stole a bicycle valued at $325 from an open garage in the 4700 block of Heycross Drive between 5 p.m. April 20 and 8 p.m. April 22.

* Police responded at 3:41 a.m. April 24 to the 3800 block of Southwest Boulevard on reports of a vehicle in a ditch. Officers found the vehicle as well as the driver, a 49-year-old Grove City woman, in the front seat. The woman, according to reports, had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and officers could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle.

When asked how much alcohol she had consumed, she told police "too much." After conducting field sobriety tests, which the woman performed poorly on, officers arrested her and took her to the police station, where she was cited for failure to control and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She was released with a Mayor's Court summons.

* Between 10 p.m. April 22 and 8 a.m. April 23, a truck belonging to a resident of the 2900 block of Annabelle Court was stolen from the driveway. The keys had been left inside the unlocked truck. The black Dodge pickup was valued at $4,000.

* Officers responded at 7:30 a.m. April 23 to Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road, on reports of a fight on school grounds. Officials told police the fight involved one current student, who was taken to the office, and an 18-year-old former student who had fled. The former student had withdrawn from the school in March and had no business being at the school, officials told police. Criminal trespassing charges were filed against the former student.

* On April 24, a resident of the 2200 block of Suffolk Lane received his bank statement and discovered someone wrote $348 worth of checks using his signature without his knowledge or approval between Feb. 2 and April 15. One of the stolen checks had an Ohio ID number listed on it, and the holder of that ID is considered a suspect.

* Police responded to the 4600 block of Barnwood Drive after a resident reported on April 23 that someone was trying to charge $906 to her bank card at a store in Easton. She discovered the attempted transaction after her bank's fraud prevention unit contacted her and wanted to verify she still had the card. While checking for the card, she noticed that she was also missing $100 cash and three other credit cards, although none have incurred any other charges. The resident told police she suspects the theft occurred at Mount Carmel Grove City on Feb. 7.

* A resident of the 4000 block of Stephanie Place reported identity fraud after he lost his debit card, and someone used it to make a purchase at a gas station in Bexley for $47 around 4:30 p.m. April 24. The card has since been cancelled.

* At 5:24 a.m. April 23, a resident of the 4000 block of Gladman Avenue saw a man inside her unlocked vehicle vehicle. She screamed at him to get out. He did so and apologized before taking off on foot, heading west on Broadway. The resident went outside to check the vehicle and noticed her digital camera, valued at $400, was missing. The suspect is described only as a black man wearing a Carhartt jacket and a red hooded sweatshirt.

* Someone broke the rear window of vehicle belonging to a Hilliard resident between 6:40 and 11:15 a.m. April 24 while it was parked in the 5900 block of North Meadows Drive. Damage is estimated at $1,500.

Police recovered a rock wrapped in a napkin with rubber bands on the floorboard of the vehicle. A note was written on the napkin that read, "Got ya!!! HaHa." The vehicle's owner did not recognize the handwriting on the note but told police he had been receiving ongoing harassment from his ex-wife and people associated with her. The resident said he normally works in Groveport, but the last time he worked in Grove City, his tires were slit.

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