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Grove City: Ex-girlfriend suspected in theft from residence

An ex-girlfriend is suspected in a theft at a local residence, Grove City police reported.

Returning home after being away from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25, a resident of the 3000 block of Kingston Avenue discovered several items stolen from his house. The missing items included $750 in cash, three shirts valued at $120, a pair of sandals valued at $90, a set of darts valued $120 and a watch valued at $100. There were no signs of forced entry, but the side and both back doors were unlocked.

The resident told police he had been allowing an ex-girlfriend to stay a couple of nights during the previous two weeks because she was going through a rough time and he thought it would help her. However, the day before the theft, he told her she was no longer welcome to stay and that he did not want any relationship with her, the homeowner told police. The resident knows the ex had gained access sometime to the house during the day because she left a handwritten note to each of his three children. The ex is a 30-year-old Plain City woman.

No arrests have been made.

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

* $200 in cash was reported stolen between June 19 and 24, from a residence in the 3400 block of Parlin Place. During that time, eight different people were inside the residence. The stolen money was in a wallet inside a basket on an end table, next to a couch.

* Between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. June 24, a toolbox valued at $300 containing $200 worth of tools, a treadmill valued at $900 and two patio chairs valued at $75 were reported stolen from a driveway in the 3200 block of Devin Road while the owner was at work.

* The owner of a business in the 3400 block of Grant Avenue reported an ex-employee broke into the business between 7 and 8 a.m. June 20. The owner told police he fired the employee June 19, and then left to go on vacation. However, the ex-employee still had a key to the business.

When the owner returned, two of his employees told him they saw the ex-employee, a 41-year-old London man, vandalize a vehicle and a lawn mower, causing $540 worth of damage. They told him they also saw the ex-employee steal a GPS unit valued at $120 and a camera valued at $200 from the vehicle.

* A maintenance employee at an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Parlin Drive reported he left his tools in a vacant apartment at 12:45 p.m. before going to lunch. When he returned to the unit at 4 p.m., the rear window of the apartment was broken and his tools had been stolen. The tools were valued at $455.

* At 11:30 p.m. June 26, a resident of the 5600 block of Meadow Grove Drive was watching television with his son when they heard loud noises in front of the residence. The resident found his car had been vandalized with eggs, maple syrup and slices of baloney. Toilet paper also was strewn about in the tress and bushes. The next morning, the resident found the second-floor windows of his house and front porch also had been hit with eggs. The resident told police he has two sons who play sports at Grove City High School and believes the incident was directed at them because they use the car.

* Someone spray-painted a garage door in the 4400 block of Pebble Beach Drive sometime between 10 p.m. June 20 and 8 a.m. June 21, causing $200 worth of damage. The resident told police she received information that the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a similar case in which the same initials are spray-painted, along with a possible suspect.

* A resident of the 1300 block of Great Hunter Drive reported a garbage can valued at $100 was stolen June 6. It's believed the theft took place shortly after the new receptacle was dropped off that day by Local Waste Services.

* About 8:20 p.m. June 25, a Grove City man flagged down an officer on patrol in a parking lot in the 3900 block of Hoover Road to report the theft of nearly $650 worth of equipment from his landscape trailer. The man had parked the trailer on the east side of the lot at 7:30 p.m. and had gone to mow the other side of the lot. When he returned 20 minutes later, he discovered a gas-powered blower, trimmer and edger missing.

* A generator valued at $3,000 was reported stolen between 5:30 and 6 a.m. June 16 from a truck parked in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road.

* Between 11 p.m. June 26 and 2:20 a.m. June 27, a car belonging to an Orient man was vandalized while it was parked in the 4200 block of Buckeye Parkway. The rear window of the vehicle was broken by a baseball that was found inside. Damage was estimated at $250.

* Between 8:21 and 10:30 a.m. June 24, an employee of a business in the 3600 block of Broadway left his phone on the countertop of the front office. During that time, someone stole it. The phone was valued at $500.

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