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Grove City: Two men rob restaurant at closing time

Two men robbed a local restaurant with a gun, Grove City police reported.

Officers responded at 11:24 p.m. July 16, shortly after closing time, to Fiesta Mariachi, 1998 Stringtown Road, on reports of a robbery in progress.

Police met the caller, an employee, outside the restaurant, and he told the officers the suspects had just taken his money and jewelry. They searched the building but could not find any suspects.

The employee told police two men spoke Spanish and came in through the back door with their faces covered. Both were about 5 feet 9 inches, but one was thin and the other had a medium build.

The thin suspect had a black semi-automatic handgun and threatened the employee unless he gave them money. The employee gave the suspects about $800, and they also took his gold necklaces.

The suspects then took the employee to a back room, kicked open a door and walked through the store, stating they knew there was more money around. They took the caller and three other employees, ordered them into the bathroom and told them not to come out until they counted to 1,000.

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

• Between July 10 and July 14, two burglaries were reported at a single residence in the 2300 block of Deerfield Drive. On July 10, the resident returned home from work to find the side door partially open and her laptop computer missing. She didn't think to report it missing until July 14, when she noticed the door left open again and her daughter's laptop computer missing. There was no sign of forced entry or damage to any entrance to the residence. The value of the laptops is $700.

• After being away from home between 6 a.m. and 3:51 p.m. July 14, a resident of the 3000 block of Dennis Lane returned to find a burglary had occurred. A 22-caliber rifle valued at $400, a 12-gauge shotgun valued at $400, a high school class ring valued at $200 and $2,100 in cash were reported stolen. A neighbor told police she saw a blue Pontiac car park in front of the residence and a biracial man exit it to walk toward the home.

• Jackson Township firefighters were called after the custodian of the Bostic Center, 2975 Kingston Ave., called police at 10:25 a.m. July 14, upon finding a 2-liter plastic bottle rigged as a "works" bomb that had not detonated. Firefighters confirmed it was a works bomb, destroyed it and disposed of it.

• Police responded to a reported assault at 9:40 p.m. July 15, at a residence in the 2700 block of Charles Drive. A 35-year-old Columbus man was reportedly in an argument at a friend's residence with a 25-year-old Columbus woman, his on-and-off girlfriend, over money when he reportedly choked her with both hands, followed her inside when she tried to get away and punched her in the face. He also reportedly threatened to kill her. Police filed charges of assault and menacing through the Grove City Mayor's Court against the man. He had left the scene prior to police arrival. Attempts by police to contact him have been unsuccessful.

• On July 16, a resident of the 4500 block of Hunting Creek Drive was contacted by her credit card company advising her of suspicious activity on the account. Reviewing recent transactions, the resident discovered five charges over the previous two days that she had not authorized. The card has since been canceled. The total value of the unauthorized transactions exceeded more than $500, mostly for purchases at gas stations and online.

• More than $11,300 worth of computer parts and equipment was reported stolen from a truck parked in the 1400 block of Carnoustie Circle between June 8 and 17. There were no signs of forced entry or damage to the vehicle..

• Between July 15 and 16, a leaf blower valued at $130 was stolen from an open garage in the 1500 block of Delcastle Loop.

• Someone stole a bicycle valued at $100 from a garage in the 4100 block of Rockledge Street between 10 a.m. July 16 and 1:09 p.m. July 17. There were no signs of forced entry.

• Between 8:30 p.m. July 15 and 6:30 a.m. July 16, someone stole a purse valued at $100 from a vehicle belonging to a resident of the 2700 block of Brookpark Circle. The purse contained $5 in cash and coins and various personal documents. The purse along with a number of cards were found in the 2800 block of Brookpark Circle later that same day.

• While driving south on Gantz Road south of Home Road, a Grove City woman told police her car was hit by a thrown rock that broke out the window, causing $200 worth of damage.

• Three vehicles, one belonging to a Grove City man, one belonging to a Reynoldsburg man and one belonging to a London man, were vandalized as they were being driven southbound on Gantz Road just north of Southpark Place about 3:20 a.m. July 25. Someone threw rocks at the vehicles, cracking the windshields of two of them and causing damaging to a door of the third. None of the drivers reported seeing who had thrown the rocks. Total damage among the three vehicles is estimated at $1,150.

• Assault charges were filed against a juvenile for reportedly punching and biting a staff member at Buckeye Ranch, 5665 Hoover Road, at 3:33 p.m. July 15. While being restrained, the juvenile sustained what the on-duty nurse suspected to be a broken finger and was taken to Mount Carmel Grove City for treatment. A summons for assault was issued.

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