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Grove City: Home burglarized while owners busy doing yardwork

Two safes were emptied in a daytime home burglary last week, Grove City police reported.

Between 2 and 2:30 p.m. June 2, someone entered a residence in the 4400 block of Haughn Road through the unlocked back door, burglarized the house and left through the front door as the owners were outside mowing the lawn, police reported.

When the owners went inside, they found two small safes had been taken from a bedroom closet and dumped on the floor. Two handguns as well as a purse that contained credit cards, personal checks and personal papers were stolen. The total value of the stolen items was $625.

One of the stolen credit cards was quickly used at three separate locations.

One of the owners said he saw a white woman with reddish-brown hair in a ponytail knock on the door of a nearby house for sale, while he was out mowing. She then got into a black, full-size SUV, but he doesn't know if she was the driver or a passenger.

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

* After being away between 1:30 p.m. June 4 and 11:35 a.m. June 5, a resident of the 1500 block of Greenview Drive returned home to find his front door had been pried open. The resident called police who conducted a search of the residence. A television screen valued at $1,800 and $180 worth of tools were stolen.

* Someone entered a residence in the 3500 block of Hoover Road between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 3 and stole a window air conditioner unit valued at $300. Also taken were $200 worth of jewelry and a $50 jewelry box. Officers found a pipe connected to the residence and the electric meter where it appeared someone climbed up to gain access to the roof.

A neighbor told police she saw a SUV-type vehicle in the driveway about 11 a.m. and a white man wearing a hat walking toward the back of the residence. Another neighbor reported seeing a black Toyota SUV in the driveway about 10:30 a.m.

* A Columbus man left his girlfriend's car unlocked and running while he ran into a residence in the 3600 block of Sheldon Place at 7 a.m. June 3 to get something. When he returned, the car, a silver 2010 Chevrolet Malibu, was gone. The car also contained the man's wallet, phone and miscellaneous clothing.

* Someone used the Social Security number of a resident of the 4700 block of St. Andrews Drive to file a fraudulent tax return with the IRS. The resident discovered this when she received a letter from the IRS June 2.

* A resident of the 2800 block of Harrisburg Station Lane reported someone she knows stole and used her direct express Social Security Debit Card to withdraw $400 between June 2 and 3. She told police that a 19-year-old Columbus man who is a friend of her stepbrother stayed at her place for the night. When she woke up the next morning, he was gone and her card was missing from her wallet. She called to report it and learned two separate withdrawals had been made.

* Someone vandalized a window of a residence in the 4500 block of Grand Strand Station Drive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 4, causing $500 worth of damage in the process. At the time of the report, it was unclear what caused the damage.

* A resident of the 4100 block of Demorest Road reported his bicycle, valued at $150, stolen from his residence between 9 p.m. June 2 and noon June 3. The bike had been left unsecured in the backyard.

* Police arrested and charged a 58-year-old Grove City man for receiving stolen property after responding to reports of a theft in progress at 11:24 p.m. June 5 in the 3000 block of Ashton Row West. A resident told police she saw a man sitting in her unlocked car and that the man then exited the car and walked toward Broadway. Officers found a suspect matching the description provided by the resident and found on him an electronic mobile device taken from the car, reports said.

* More than $200 worth of tools were stolen at 11:21 p.m. June 4 from a vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Marlane Drive. Witnesses reported seeing a black male driver and a white female passenger drive away in a four-door white car. Police conducted a traffic stop of a car matching that description at a nearby gas station, but it was not the correct vehicle.

* Between 9 p.m. June 3 and 3:07 a.m. June 4, someone stole a generator valued at $750 from a truck belonging to a Pennsylvania man, while it was parked in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road.

* Between 8 p.m. June 4 and 8 a.m. June 5, someone entered a house under construction in the 4700 block of Nicholas Point Drive and stole $100 worth of copper piping from the basement.

* Another home under construction in the 4800 block of Nicholas Point Drive was broken into between 8 p.m. June 4 and 8 a.m. June 5. Another $100 worth of copper piping was stolen from the basement.

* Officers responded with paramedics at 8:48 p.m. June 4 to a room at Motel 6, 1900 Stringtown Road, where a possible drug overdose had occurred. They found a 40-year-old Columbus woman unconscious halfway in the bathroom tub. Medics treated her for heroin overdose, and a few minutes later, she was alert and speaking with medics. She admitted to accidentally overdosing on a large amount of heroin before being taken to the hospital. Officers found two glass pipes and a hypodermic syringe and issued the woman a summons to appear in Mayor's Court on charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

* Officers responded at 5 p.m. June 5 to a Kendall Place residence on reports of possible child endangering. When they arrived, they were met by an official from Franklin County Children Services who told police she was there on a home visit and had found a 50-year-old Columbus woman by herself in a state of "high intoxication."

The official asked the woman where her two children, ages 7 and 10, were and who was watching them, and the woman reportedly said they were at the community pool with friend. The official found them at the pool with no adult supervision, and that was when she called police. Inside the home, police found the residence to be in complete disarray. The children were taken into emergency custody by Children Services while their mother was taken into custody and charged with child endangering.

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