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Grove City: Warrant issued for robbery suspect

Grove City police have identified a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at a local gas station.

Around 11:30 p.m. July 8, a man approached the clerk at Speedway, 3612 Broadway, and demanded money from the register, police said. He indicated he had a firearm by keeping his right hand in his pocket, according to reports.

The clerk refused to hand over the money, and the man left the store, fleeing the scene in a black Cadillac.

Police said they discovered the Cadillac was registered to Marlon B. Banks, 48, of Columbus, whom they identified as the suspect. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest for aggravated robbery.

Anyone who knows Banks' whereabouts is asked to contact Grove City police at 614-277-1710 or their local law enforcement agency. Banks is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, police said.

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

• On July 10, a resident of the 5600 block of Meadow Grove Drive reported that sometime after May 1, someone used her teenage son's name and personal information to open a Kik Messenger account. This was discovered when one of her son's friends contacted him after receiving texts from the account that didn't sound like him.

Checking the profile, the resident and son found it had a picture of the son and his father. Two other friends of the son also contacted him to say that whoever was impersonating him on the site was sending nasty messages.

• A Grove City woman left her engagement ring, wedding band and sunglasses in a cubby holder at a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road between 7:30 and 8 p.m. July 11. When she realized she had forgotten the items, she returned to the location but found they were gone. The value of the items was more than $3,500, reports stated.

• During a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal at 2:40 p.m. July 7 in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road, police discovered the driver, a 36-year-old Lancaster man, had a suspended driver's license and the passenger, a 24-year-old Grove City man, didn't have a valid license. Because there was no valid driver, the vehicle was impounded.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers found a bag in the trunk containing hypodermic needles, crack pipes, burnt spoons and other drug-related materials, reports stated. The passenger told police the items were his. The driver was cited for driving under an OVI suspension, and the passenger was issued a mayor's court summons for possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, police said.

• Between 10:30 p.m. July 8 and 7:30 a.m. July 9, someone spray-painted profanity on the driveway, walkway, garage door and inside front screen door of a residence in the 5800 block of Quail Run Drive.

• A Columbus woman was driving north on Gantz Road near Farmbrook Drive at 3:10 a.m. July 9 when two males threw a rock at her vehicle, causing $150 worth of damage to the door. She ran after them but lost sight of them in the 3100 block of Farmbrook Drive.

• Someone broke into a Grove City man's vehicle while it was parked in the 2100 block of Birdfoot Lane between 11:30 p.m. July 8 and 6 a.m. July 9, causing $200 worth of damage to a window. A book bag valued at $12 and $30 worth of miscellaneous clothing were stolen from the vehicle, reports stated.

• Between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. July 11, a gas grill valued at $250 was stolen from outside a residence in the 3800 block of King James Drive.

• The rear license plate of a vehicle belonging to a resident in the 3300 block of Ventura Boulevard was reported stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. July 11, while the vehicle was parked in the driveway.

• A resident of the 5900 block of City Place Drive discovered he was a victim of identity fraud when he received a call on June 25 from Sprint about a cellphone service account that had been opened in his name.

• A bicycle valued at $87 was reported stolen between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. July 7 from a front porch in the 4200 block of Moreland Circle.

• Someone broke into a truck belonging to a Michigan company by cutting off its locks while it was parked in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road between 5:30 p.m. July 8 and 6:09 a.m. July 9. A total of $3,500 in tools were stolen, reports stated.

• Between 10:30 p.m. July 8 and 4:30 a.m. July 9, someone stole a generator valued at $2,300 that had been chained and locked to a tool track on a truck belonging to Batavia company and parked in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive.

• Police arrested a 58-year-old Columbus man for criminal trespassing after he was observed allegedly going through vehicles in the 3000 block of Addison Drive. The man had received several trespassing warnings in the past and previously had been arrested for trespassing in the area.

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