A local percussion ensemble can't even bang out a dirge after a trailer containing its instruments was discovered stolen on Independence Day.
Grove City police reported a trailer containing equipment belonging to Capital City Percussion, an independent indoor percussion ensemble based in Columbus, was stolen between noon June 27 and 12:41 a.m. July 4 from the parking lot of Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road.
A school staff member affiliated with the organization reported the theft after driving by the high school and seeing that the trailer was gone. The staff member told police he is the only person who moves the trailer and takes it to the locations where the band needs it.
Dispatchers contacted one of the school's officials who said she did not know why the trailer would have been moved. The total value of the missing instruments is estimated to be $148,000. The value of the trailer is $12,000.
In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:
• Officers responded at 11:48 p.m. July 3 to the Red Roof Inn, 4055 Stringtown Road, on reports of an intoxicated man yelling and breaking things in and around his room. Police made contact with the man, who was described in the reports as visibly intoxicated with slow, slurred speech, alcohol on his breath and a strong odor of marijuana on his person. His room was said to be very disheveled and filled with broken objects, including beer bottles.
The suspect, later identified as a 30-year-old Columbus man, would not provide his name or identification when asked by police and he reportedly became aggressive and agitated when repeatedly instructed to not put his hands into his pockets. Police arrested the man and charged him with disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• A resident of the 2700 block of Greenspire Way discovered he was a victim of identity fraud when he attempted to make a purchase with his debit card July 3, and his card was declined due to insufficient funds. The resident spoke with his credit union and discovered $627 in fraudulent charges had been made the previous day.
• The son of a resident of the 3000 block of Demorest Road reportedly took his father's credit card without permission between July 2 and 4, and made three separate purchases and cash withdrawals. The total loss was undetermined at the time of the report.
• Between 1:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. July 3, someone smashed the rear window of a vehicle belonging to a Waverly man while it was parked in the 3300 block of Southwest Boulevard. In addition to the damage to the vehicle, estimated at $350, two video game system valued at nearly $850 were stolen.
• An air conditioning unit valued at $3,500 was reported stolen between noon July 2 and 12:40 p.m. July 3 from a residence in the 2300 block of Holton Road. Officers located two wrenches near where the unit was removed, and it is believed the wrenches came form the garage of the residence.
• About 2 p.m. July 2, a man was seen stealing a bicycle valued at $79 from an open garage in the 3800 block of Carlotta Street. The suspect is described as white, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, thin, in his late teens or early 20s, with close-cropped, light-colored hair.
• Security footage revealed that at 2:22 a.m. July 3, someone stole eight reclining pool chairs valued at $4,000 from the clubhouse pool area of Parkway Village, 4333 Parkway Village Drive.
However, the quality of the footage was insufficient to identify the suspect and it did not show any vehicles. Between 2 p.m. July 2 and 8:45 a.m. July 3, a red 2003 Dodge Durango SUV was stolen while parked in the same area of the complex. The vehicle, valued at $4,500, was locked. At this time, it's not known whether the two incidents are connected.
• A 43-year-old Columbus man is suspected of passing bad checks at an auction held at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd., June 28. The man reportedly bought a 1984 Dodge sedan, a 1996 Dodge Ram and numerous smaller recyclable metal items with a check that was later denied and returned, although at this time it is not known why the check was rejected by the bank. The phone number the man provided at the auction also was reported to be a bad number.
• Someone vandalized a vehicle at 2:25 a.m. July 2 while it was parked outside a residence in the 3700 block of Irwin Avenue. The damage to the tail light is estimated to be worth $200. A neighbor heard a loud noise and saw a newer model vehicle speed out of the area at the time of incident.