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Grove City: Burglar came in through the bedroom window

An unlocked bedroom window was a burglar's path of entry to a resident's home last week, Grove City police reported.

A resident of the 4200 block of Broadway told police he left home at 4:40 a.m. July 24 and discovered a number of items missing when he returned at 1:50 p.m. The front door was still locked with its deadbolt engaged. But police responding to the scene found an unlocked, open bedroom window facing the rear of the residence.

The burglar or burglars had opened drawers in the bedroom, as well as a kitchen drawer, to remove the stolen items. Items in the living room had been rearranged.

Police found cigarette butts outside the bedroom window.

Among the stolen items were $36 and a gold ring valued at $200.

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

* Officers responded at 11:45 p.m. July 24 to the Travelodge, 4029 Jackpot Road, where someone called to report a woman screaming. The caller said he could hear a woman being thrown against the wall and begging for someone to stop hitting her. When they arrived, the officers knocked on the room door, but no one answered, and they could hear nothing coming from the room. Police inquired about the room and its occupants at the front desk. The clerk said a neighboring room had called and complained about noise coming from the room as well.

Using a key from the front desk, officers opened the room door to check on the well being of the woman registered there, but the door only opened about an inch because the security chain was latched. However, officers heard a woman trying to scream for help, followed by a man telling her to shut up and that the police wouldn't stop him.

Police kicked the door open and entered the room, where they heard noises coming from the bathroom. They opened the door and found a 22-year-old Columbus man completely naked and on top of a 19-year-old Columbus woman, who was wearing only a top. Police removed the man from the room, and as they did so, he threatened the woman and swore at her.

The man told police he had had his hand over the woman's mouth to try to keep her quiet and had thrown her against the wall. He told them he had become upset when she refused to have sex with him. She told police the man had placed his hands around her neck and told her he would kill her.

Officers arrested and charged the man for assault and aggravated menacing.

* Domestic violence and assault charges were filed against a 29-year-old resident of the 3800 block of Lake Lanier Drive following an incident at 6:20 a.m. July 22. The resident was reportedly seen slapping and kicking a woman in the driveway as she screamed for help and yelled for someone to call the police, which two neighbors did. However, the man got into a car and fled the scene before police arrived.

The alleged victim, the suspect's 21-year-old wife, told police her husband was having an affair, and she had called his girlfriend and spoke with her, which angered the suspect. She told police she did not want her husband arrested but did not want to be subject to the physical abuse. She told police if she got her husband in trouble, she would be in danger from his family because of their religious beliefs.

* At 3:33 a.m. July 25, police responded to reports of a theft in the 3900 block of Jerome Court. There, a 15-year-old Columbus resident told officers he had arranged to meet someone around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Wendy Lane and Jerome Court to purchase shoes. However, the suspect fled after receiving $145 from the Columbus juvenile without giving him the shoes. Police tried calling the suspect at the number provided by the juvenile, but no one answered.

* A Columbus woman reported a 28-year-old Columbus man had used her debit to rack up $70 worth of charges at a business in the 3900 block of Jackpot, between 7 and 7:05 p.m. July 21.

* Someone pried open 10 mailbox units at the community mailboxes of Parkway Crossing Condominiums, 1690 Nature Drive, about 3:20 p.m. July 23, causing $2,000 worth of damage to the units and resulting in the theft of more than $100 worth of items.

Surveillance video shows the suspect fleeing in a newer red, four-door vehicle. The video also captured the license plate number of the suspect vehicle. Police said the registered owner of the vehicle was arrested for criminal mischief in January on charges of attempting to take a package off a front step on Parkway Crossing. At this time, no charges have been filed in connection with the mailbox break-ins.

* An officer on bicycle patrol at 3:40 a.m. July 25 spotted a vehicle with two men sitting in the vehicle parked in front of a residence in the 3600 block of Carlotta Street. The officer approached the vehicle and spoke with the men, and during this conversation, the officer smelled marijuana, which the driver said he had smoked in the vehicle 20 minutes prior. Police searched the vehicle and found a digital scale with marijuana residue on it inside the driver door, and driver told police the scale was his. The driver, a 22-year-old Grove City man, received a summons to Mayor's Court on charges of illegal use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

* Someone broke into a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Harbour Mist Drive between 3 and 5 p.m. July 22, and stole a purse containing $50, a wallet valued at $30 and various credit cards. The purse was valued at $75. Damage to the vehicle's window was estimated to be worth $250.

* Between 10 and 10:26 p.m. July 24, someone stole a Grove City man's bicycle, valued at $200, from the 3000 block of Addison Drive.

* Scratches were carved into the side of a vehicle, causing $500 worth of damage, while it was parked between 8 p.m. July 23 and 10:30 a.m. July 24, outside the owner's residence in the 4800 block of Tayport Avenue.

* Between 2 p.m. July 15 and 2 a.m. July 16, someone stole prescription medication and $250 in cash from a residence in the 4000 block of Colonial Place. The items were hidden in a box in a closet

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