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Grove City: Burglars hit sliding glass doors at apartment complex

Multiple burglars hit multiple apartments at a single local complex last week, Grove City police reported.

Officers responded at 12:22 p.m. May 1 to an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Kendall Place on reports of a possible burglary in progress. They found the caller, the apartment manager, standing outside in front of a residence, and she reported she saw four people carrying items out of the unit. Three of those people fled in a white Chevrolet Impala while the fourth went into another unit, the manager told police.

A rear sliding glass door was smashed with a brick to gain entry.

The apartment resident was contacted, and she verified a number of items were stolen, including four televisions and a computer. Some type of liquid also was poured over all the furniture in the living room.

A number of the stolen items were later found in a box of electronic items that a man was seen placing outside a rear apartment in the same complex. That man was later identified as a Columbus resident, but it has not been determined whether he was involved with the burglary, police reports said.

A neighbor in another unit reported three men exited a white car behind her apartment and went to her rear door and tried to open it, prompting her to call the manager.

Grove City Police Capt. Jeff Pearson said the case remains under investigation as police follow up on possible suspects.

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

* Between April 21 and 28, a resident of the 3000 block of Orders Road reported, someone stole a television from the rear patio of his home and four tires and rims from the garage. The total value of the stolen items was estimated at $6,000.

* A resident of the 1900 block of Kendall Place called police after he found his 2-year-old son sitting on the floor of his home playing with a baggie of a substance he believed was heroin, at noon April 30. The resident said his wife was sleeping on the living room couch at the time, and his son indicated he got the bag from her purse. The resident looked in the purse and found a prescription bottle containing a small amount of marijuana.

Police arrived and took the suspected heroin and marijuana. Officers woke the wife and she denied the drugs were hers, adding that she and her husband were going through a divorce and that he might have planted them in her purse. She then said she was holding them for a friend. At this time, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

* Officers responded at 7:30 a.m. April 30 to the Mount Carmel Medical Offices under construction at 5350 North Meadows Drive on a report of a breaking and entering. The project manager told police someone had forced entry into a boarded-up doorway on the south side of the building, causing $100 worth of damage, and then stole more than $1,000 worth of tools. The incident is believed to have occurred between 5:30 p.m. April 29 when the project manager left the site and 1:45 a.m. April 30, when security officers noted the damage.

* Between 7:30 and 10 a.m. April 28, someone stole a lawn mower valued at $50 and a bicycle valued at $100 from an area next to a garage in the 3000 Thomas Avenue. A neighbor told the owner an unknown person in a blue truck took the items.

* A Grove City resident left her vehicle unlocked between 4:30 and 6 p.m. April 30, while she went shopping inside a business in the 3000 block of Southwest Boulevard. When she returned, the vehicle, valued at $10,000, was gone. The owner told police a spare key was kept in the ashtray of the car. The car is a four-door, silver Saturn.

* Between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. May 1, someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 2400 block of Stringtown Road by breaking a window and damaging a door. The total damage is estimated at $500. The owner reported nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 2000 block of Stringtown Road between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. April 29 and stole a laptop computer valued at $2,000. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $200.

* While shopping between 2 and 3 p.m. April 30 at Wal-Mart, 1693 Stringtown Road, a Grove City resident reported her purse was stolen from her shopping cart. The purse contained prescription medication and $45.

* Someone stole a GPS unit valued at $250 from an unlocked vehicle belonging to a resident of the 3100 block of Ventura Boulevard sometime between April 1 and 30.

* A GPS unit valued at $179 was stolen between 5:30 p.m. April 28 and 10:30 a.m. April 29, from an unlocked vehicle belonging to a Bellefontaine resident, while it was parked in the 3100 block of Broadway.

* Between 8 p.m. April 28 and 10:45 a.m. April 29, someone stole a tablet computer valued at $200 from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1400 block of Great Hunter Drive.

* A Grove City man reported his wallet was stolen between 7:48 and 8:48 p.m. April 27, after he had left it in his car outside a restaurant in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive. The man told police he probably forgot to lock the car. The wallet contained credit cards and $400.

* After winning $100 on April 15 in a bingo game at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 3370 Broadway, a Grove City woman tried to use the bill at Hollywood Casino Columbus and was advised it was counterfeit. She took the money back and reported it to police April 29.

* Air conditioning and furnace units valued at $8,000 were stolen between April 11 and 29 from a vacant residence in the 5400 block of Forest Glen Drive.

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