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Grove City: Resident suspects former employee in burglary

A resident told Grove City police he suspects a former employee burglarized his house last week.

The house in the 3800 block of Rimrock Avenue was broken into between 7 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Aug. 26, while the resident was at work, police reported.

A video game system and television were stolen, for a combined estimated loss of $1,000. In addition, the house sustained $500 worth of damage to a basement window and a rear glass door. Police found a large landscaping stone in the family room which had been thrown through the door to gain entry, reports said.

The resident told police he suspects a former employee whom he owes $500 for previous work, in the crime. But at this time no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

In other recent Grove City Division of Police incident reports:

• A Grove City woman reported someone made lewd comments to her 14-year-old daughter while she was walking home from an event at Brookpark Middle School about 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, near the intersection of Southwest Boulevard and Richard Avenue.

The suspect was driving a black or very dark purple Toyota Tundra pickup and made a comment to the girl as he drove by, then pulled ahead into a driveway and waited for her to pass again. When the girl started to call her mother on her cellphone, the truck drove off. The driver was described as a black man in his early 20s, with a shaved head and thick neck, wearing a black T-shirt.

• A go-kart valued at $1,400 and a moped valued at $1,000 were reported stolen from a barn in the 6500 block of Seeds Road, in a breaking-and-entering between 4 p.m. Aug. 25 and 3 p.m. Aug. 26.

• A resident of the 2900 block of London Groveport Road reported his 26-year-old son stole his washer and dryer from the basement between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26. The resident had locked his son out of the residence and told police he had contacted the police before about his son taking items, but the son reportedly gained entrance through an unsecured window. At this time, no charges have been filed.

• Nearly $550 in cash was reported stolen between 5 p.m. Aug. 25 and 8:04 a.m. Aug. 26 from the cash box of a business in the 6200 block of Enterprise Parkway. Employees arrived in the morning to find the back door open. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing else had been disturbed.

• Between Aug. 16 and 25, someone vandalized the screen door of a residence in the 1900 block of Sunridge Drive, causing $150 worth of damage. The frame that holds the screen was bent.

• Police arrested and charged a 22-year-old Grove City man for driving while under the influence at 2:05 a.m. Aug. 28, near the intersection of McDowell Road and Southwest Boulevard. Police reported they stopped the driver after seeing him make a lane change without using a turn signal in addition to driving erratically. Officers smelled alcohol on the man and reported he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

• A 28-year-old Columbus man was arrested and charged for driving while under the influence, marked lane violations and operating a vehicle without headlights after being pulled over at 2:40 a.m. Aug. 26, near the intersection of Broadway and Addison Drive. During the stop, the officer observed the man had bloodshot eyes, choppy slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. After performing poorly on the field sobriety tests, the man was arrested.

• A bicycle valued at $350 was reported stolen between 1 and 1:10 a.m. Aug. 26, from outside a residence in the 2300 block of Suffolk Lane.

• Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Aug. 28, someone stole a license plate off an Orient woman's vehicle while it was parked in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.

• The price tag for gold tennis bracelet valued at $719 was found at 6:05 a.m. Aug. 27 in a toilet in the women's restroom at a business in the 3400 block of Gantz Road, which led to the discovery that the bracelet had been stolen. Two employees were questioned because surveillance video showed them entering the restroom about the time of the theft, police reports said. But the bracelet was not located, and both allowed police to search their lockers and purses. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

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