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Grove City: Theft charges sought after employee stops repayment

A former employee bailed out on his agreement to pay back all the money he stole from his company, and now the employer wants him arrested, Grove City police reported.

On June 19, the manager of the Englefield Oil BP Gas Station, 2487 Stringtown Road, reported that a former employee, Gary E. Epling Jr., 23, of Parlin Drive, had stolen $3,100 worth of lottery tickets between April 7 and 18.

The theft was discovered during a routine audit of the lottery tickets on April 18, according to police reports. The station manager and someone from the corporate office interviewed Epling, who reportedly admitted to the theft, wrote a confession and agreed to pay back the money.

However, after making payments totaling $1,040, he missed his last payment and has moved from his address on Parlin Drive, reports said. It is not known where he lives now. Englefield Oil now wants to file felony theft charges against Epling.

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

• A burglary was reported between 3 and 8:30 p.m. June 17 at a residence in the 2700 block of Brunswick Drive. The resident told police someone broke in by removing the screen from the kitchen window and crawling through. The suspect also kicked in the bedroom door, breaking it, but nothing was reported stolen.

• On June 12, a resident of the 2300 block of Suffolk Lane reported she received several new credit card accounts in the mail that she did not order. On June 14, she received a phone call in reference to a purchase made using one of the cards, at Victoria's Secret. The credit accounts have since been canceled.

• A resident of the 5300 block of Merrybell Lane also reported receiving several credit cards she did not order, and bills for charges made to them, at her home June 13. She contacted Target, and the company's fraud department advised her the account had been opened using an Illinois ID. Several purchases had been made using the cards in the area of the Mall at Tuttle Crossing.

• About $1,200 worth of tools were reported stolen between 11 p.m. June 17 and 7:30 a.m. June 18, from the rear of a pickup truck belonging to a resident of Beaver, Ohio, while it was parked outside a hotel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road. The man told police he saw his toolbox in the bed of another truck parked at the hotel. Hotel management told police the suspect vehicle belonged to another guest.

Officers knocked repeatedly on the suspect's room door, but the occupants refused to answer and calls to the room and the suspect's cellphone went unanswered, according to reports. The Beaver man identified a number of specific tools inside the toolbox, which police removed from the truck bed for safekeeping.

• At 6 p.m. June 21, a resident of the 2100 block of Ravine Woods Drive noticed that her cement planter had been stolen from her front yard. The planter was valued at $50 and had red petunias in it. The resident told police she couldn't remember the last time she saw it.

• Another planter, a plastic model valued at $35, was reported stolen from the 2100 block of Ravine Woods Drive, between 11 p.m. June 21 and 9:19 a.m. June 22. The planter was on the driveway near an overhead garage door.

• Between 7:40 and 9:30 a.m. June 19, a light pole fixture at Willow Lake Drive and Quail Creek Boulevard was vandalized, resulting in $150 worth of damage.

• A vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive was broken into between 8:30 p.m. June 17 and 6 a.m. June 18. Items worth $1,000 were stolen, including tools, a survival pack and speaker box. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $500.

• Between 11:55 p.m. June 20 and 8 a.m. June 21, someone entered a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 2600 block of Dennis Lane while it was parked in his driveway, caused $400 worth of damage to the dashboard, and stole sunglasses valued at $200.

• A GPS unit valued at $150 was reported stolen at 8:30 p.m. June 18 from a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 4400 block of Haugh Road while it was parked unlocked outside her residence.

• An Orient woman told police that at 1 p.m. June 21, she left her cellphone, valued at $170, on the front counter at Speedway, 3612 Broadway. When she went back inside to get it five minutes later, the phone was gone. Police contacted the manager, who told police that she reviewed surveillance video about the time of the incident but did not see any phone left behind.

• Sometime between June 8 and 22, someone stole the registration sticker from a vehicle's license plate belonging to a resident of the 2700 block of Harrisburg Station Lane.

• The manager of a business in the 3300 block of Broadway reported two counterfeit $20 bills were passed at the front counter between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. June 22. At this time, there was no information on a possible suspect.

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