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Grove City: Three juveniles vandalize school's press box

Three juveniles vandalized school property with spray paint, according to Grove City police.

Around 8 p.m. May 18, three unknown juvenile subjects reportedly were seen spray-painting the windows of the east press box at the Grove City High School football field, 4665 Hoover Road. The suspects had spray-painted obscenities on the press box windows, on the third base dugout and on the southwest corner of the school.

Three different sets of footprints were found in the residue from a fire extinguisher that had been discharged inside the press box. An empty spray-paint can also was found on the northwest corner of the steps leading to the press box. Police searched the area but could not find the suspects, although additional footprints were found in the grass on the east of the rec center, eventually crossing over the creek that runs between the center and Clark Drive.

The damage was estimated at $900.

In other news from Grove City police:

* Officers responded to reports of an assault at 8:12 p.m. near Monterey Elementary School, 2584 Dennis Lane. When they arrived, a Grove City woman told them teenage son had been assaulted by a teenage neighbor while at the playground with a friend. The neighbor reportedly approached the woman's son and punched him in the nose before running off, breaking the son's glasses and causing his nose to bleed. The woman said she would take her son to the hospital.

Police located the suspect at his home and spoke with him and his mother, and according to reports, he admitted to the assault. The suspect and his mother were advised an assault charge would be filed through Franklin County Juvenile Court.

* Officials at South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Road, reported a fight between two students at 8:45 a.m. May 20. The students, both female Columbus residents, were charged with disorderly conduct.

* An electronic mobile device valued at $800 and a watch valued at $200 were reported stolen between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 21 from a residence in the 1600 block of Otter Court. For the past month, the resident has had a contractor working in her home and hadn't had any problems with him, but on the date in question, the contractor brought a helper, who performed tasks while out of sight. Later, the helper, who had a backpack, told the contractor he had to go and needed to be dropped off at Stringtown Road and Jackson Pike. The contractor had little identification information about the helper.

* Police responded to a call reporting a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road at 11:30 p.m. May 20, and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle attempting to leave the lot. The driver was given a traffic summons for failing to reinstate her license while the passenger, a 31-year-old Galena man, receive a mayor's court summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and drug-abuse instruments after officers found a case containing three hypodermic needles and a spoon with reside on it in the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger were released at the scene.

* Between May 20 and 23, a resident of the 3400 block of Independence Street reported his 25-year-old daughter had stolen his debit card from his nightstand and used it multiple times to withdraw more than $780, causing his account to be overdrawn. The resident told police his daughter is addicted to heroin and this is not the first time she's stolen from him.

* Someone caused $300 worth of damage by vandalizing the rear glass sliding door of a residence in the 2700 block of Independence Court between May 17 and 19. The glass was splintered but still in place. No entry appeared to have been achieved.

* At 2:45 a.m. May 23, a resident of the 1500 block of Glades Drive woke up and saw someone stealing his bicycle from his patio. The resident yelled at the suspect, but the suspect rode off on the bike, which reportedly was valued at $150. The suspect is described as a white male, between 21 and 25 years old, wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt, jean shorts and red baseball cap.

* Between 7 p.m. May 21 and 7 a.m. May 22, a window air-conditioning unit valued at $200 was reported stolen from a maintenance office in the 1500 block of Glades Drive. The unit had been pulled from the window.

* While at work in the 3300 block of Southpark Place, a Columbus man reported his Pittsburgh Steelers jacket, along with his driver's license and Social Security card, were stolen at 2 p.m. May 19. The business' on-site supervisor told police that surveillance identified a 24-year-old Hilliard man as the suspect. The supervisor tried to get the suspect to return the items, but he refused to cooperate and was fired May 20. A mayor's court summons for theft was sent to the suspect.

* A Columbus woman reported her wallet was stolen from her purse at work in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road while it was in the company break room between 5:20 and 7 a.m. May 22. The purse had been left on a table. The wallet was found by police under several plastic bottles in one of the recycling cans in the break room, but credit cards and $100 cash had been stolen.

* A resident of the 5500 block of Deergrass Court finished cutting his grass and left his mower near the street between 3:30 and 4 p.m. May 21 while he retrieved a trash bag. When he returned, the mower, valued at nearly $400, was gone, reports said.

* Between 6 and 8 p.m. May 19, someone stole a wallet containing $35 and two credit cards belonging to a resident of the 4200 block of Maplegrove Drive while it was in the owner's unlocked vehicle.

* Two laptop computers, an electronic mobile device and a pair of drills were stolen around 3:25 a.m. May 20, from the unlocked work van of a resident of the 4000 block of Brookgrove Drive while it was parked in the driveway. The total value of the items was $1,750, reports said.

* Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 4700 block of Tayport Avenue between 8 p.m. May 18 and 5:30 a.m. May 19, and stole a GPS unit valued at $100, a steel sword prop valued at $230, a cigarette case valued at $20 and some loose change.

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