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Powell/Lewis Center: Michigan man suspected in pair of car thefts

Sheriff's reports

A Michigan man allegedly drove away with two cars after a pair of fraudulent deals recently in Lewis Center.

A man representing a Columbus car dealership met the suspect about 10:45 p.m. July 25 in the first block of Meadow Park Drive in regard to a test drive, according to sheriff's reports. The suspect allegedly never returned with the vehicle he was test-driving.

The vehicle is valued at $4,600, according to Delaware County Sheriff's reports. There is a suspect in the active investigation but no arrests have been made, reports said.

A Columbus man came to the sheriff's office on the afternoon of July 26 to report that he also had been scammed out of a vehicle the previous night. He said he met with a man who used a fraudulent check to buy his car about 10 p.m. in the 8600 block of Columbus Pike.

The name and description of the suspect matched the suspect in the previous incident, reports said. The fraudulent check was for $23,000, according to sheriff's reports.

The suspect could face felony charges of forgery, grand theft of a motor vehicle and passing bad checks, reports said.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

• A woman reported her home was broken into between 4:30 a.m. July 26 and 1:30 a.m. July 27 in the 4100 block of Clark-Shaw Road in Concord Township. Someone stole a diamond ring valued at $7,000 from the home after breaking a first-floor window, according to sheriff's reports.

• Deputies responded to a report of trespassing about 10:45 p.m. July 27 in the 1900 block of Little Bear Loop in Lewis Center. Upon arrival, deputies discovered two men who were hunting frogs on the property without permission, according to sheriff's reports.

The owner of the property did not file criminal charges against the men, reports said.


A woman reported the theft of a gold and diamond bracelet valued at $3,000 that occurred between 1 and 1:30 p.m. July 25 in the first block of T raditions Drive. Powell police arrived and arrested Scott A. Grubb, 37, of Racine Avenue in Columbus shortly after 2:15 p.m, according to police reports.

Grubb faces fifth-degree felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property, reports said.

• Officers responded to a report of theft that occurred between 8 p.m. July 28 and 10:30 a.m. July 29 in the 300 block of Whetstone Drive East. A propane tank valued at $50 was stolen, according to police reports.