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Grove City: House burglarized while owner is out of town

A Grove City house was burglarized last week while the owner was out of town, Grove City police reported.

A caretaker checked the residence in the 1400 block of Delcastle Loop and discovered a burglary had occurred there sometime during the night of Aug. 5-6. The caretaker told police she arrived at 11:37 a.m. and found the garage door open, adding that when she had last checked the residence, at 10 p.m. the previous night, the garage door was closed.

The front door to the residence had been forced open and a number of items were missing, including: a video-game system, laptop computer, computer monitor and a television. The combined value of the stolen items was estimated at $2,600.

Police spoke with neighbors but found no additional information.

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

* While swimming with two cousins at 9:12 p.m. Aug. 3, at the Drury Hotels pool, 4109 Parkway Centre Drive, a Columbus juvenile went to the outside portion of the pool, where an unknown man was sitting on a pool chair. The man yelled at the girl to get her attention, and when she looked over at him, she saw he was exposing himself. The girl told police she became scared, gathered her cousins and left the pool. Meanwhile, the suspect left the pool area very quickly, walking toward the hotel staircase area.

The girl told her aunt, who advised the front desk to call the police. Police searched the hotel but did not locate the suspect.

He is described as a white man, 5-feet-9 and 190 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was wearing tan cargo pants, a gray-blue shirt, tan Skechers shoes, glasses and a hearing aid.

* More than $1,400 worth of lottery tickets were stolen at 2:53 a.m. Aug. 4, from a gas station in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road. The theft was not discovered until later in the morning when an inventory of the lottery tickets was conducted, reports said.

An employee told police he reviewed security video and saw a white man wearing a red T-shirt and long black shorts enter the store and wander around outside and inside the store for a while before exiting. When the clerk on duty took a break, the suspect re-entered the store and crawled on his hands and knees behind the desk and took the $1,452 worth of tickets, reports said. He apparently left through the back door.

The employee told police that staff advised him that the suspect appears to be someone who comes to the store on a regular basis and may be staying at a nearby motel. He has distinctive tattoos around his neck and on his arms, reports said.

* At 5:40 p.m. Aug. 6, officers saw a woman, later identified as a 39-year-old Columbus resident, crossing Stringtown Road near McDowell Road without using a crosswalk, causing several cars to stop for her. The officers approached the woman, who was found to have multiple warrants for theft in Columbus. She also told police she had hypodermic needles in her purse. The purse also contained two burnt spoons, reports said. Police arrested her for the warrants and also charged her with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia.

* Police arrested a 52-year-old Columbus woman for criminal trespassing after she refused to leave Motel 6, 1900 Stringtown Road at 5:06 p.m. Aug. 3. Officers responded to the motel on a disturbance call and were told by an employee that the woman had been smoking marijuana in her room and a housekeeper had smelled it. The employee wanted to evict the woman and issue a trespass warning, and she called police after going to the room three times to ask her to leave.

Police spoke with the woman and told her numerous times to leave, but she did not listen. Even after being advised she would be arrested if she didn't leave, the woman sat on the bed and began to drink an alcoholic malt beverage, reports said.

* Between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. Aug. 6, two power saws, valued at a combined $2,300, were stolen from a construction site near the intersection of Nicholas Point and Hartig Drive. An employee of the construction company told police two men wearing neon safety vests arrived at the site in an older model black Ford truck. The employee said the men told him they were there to fix holes in the ceiling, but they didn't perform any work except stirring paint with a stick and leaving the stick on the site. The employee said the two men stole the power saws when his back was turned and then abruptly left the area.

* Police responded at 7:29 p.m. Aug. 4 to the 2100 block of English Turn Drive to reports of a theft and spoke with a woman who said between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., three realty signs belonging to her were stolen from properties she is currently listing. The properties are in the 2100 block of English Turn Drive, the 4600 block of Sahalee Drive and the 4400 block of Grandstand Drive. The woman told police she knows who stole the signs but did not want disclose the suspect's name.

* Between 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 9:50 a.m. Aug. 3, someone vandalized a vehicle in the 4500 block of Windrow Drive by smashing a taillight with a rock, causing $30 worth of damage.

* At 2:29 a.m. Aug. 3, a Grove City man reported being assaulted while at the Derby Bar, 2209 Stringtown Road. The man told police he was talking with a woman at the bar when an unknown man punched him twice in the face and then left the area in a silver Mercedes with custom wheels. Through Westerville police, Grove City learned the regular operator of the vehicle matches the description of the suspect, but at this time, no charges have been filed.

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