A Galloway woman told police a young male who had agreed to buy her cellphone stole it from her at gunpoint on Aug. 31 in a parking lot behind a business in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.
The woman said she had arranged the sale online and agreed to meet the buyer in the lot. She said the male was sitting in the passenger seat of an older model, gray four-door car. She said she handed him the phone to inspect and, worried that he might try to take the phone without paying for it, decided to get into the back seat of the car to wait. As she opened the door, the male brandished a small handgun and pointed it at her, according to reports.
She said she stepped back and the car, driven by another male in his late teens or early 20s, exited the lot quickly and headed onto Gantz Road toward Stringtown Road.
* A New Jersey man came to the Grove City Police Department on Aug. 29 to report fraudulent emails and a missing ring.
The man said he had listed an engagement ring for sale in February on Craigslist and was contacted by another man who said he wanted to buy the ring.
The two agreed on a selling price of $3,500 and the buyer said he would send the payment via PayPal, according to reports. He asked that the ring be shipped to a Grove City address to the attention of a woman.
The victim told police he received emails he believed were from PayPal indicating the payment had been sent but was being held until the ring was shipped. The victim said he shipped the ring to Grove City and then later discovered the emails were fake and that PayPal had no record of the transaction, reports stated.
He said he had been making calls and sending emails for several months trying to get either the payment or have the ring returned to him. He pursued a civil lawsuit and had papers served on the woman listed as the addressee. The man said he traveled to Grove City for the civil suit but was told by the court he would have to file a police report before he could seek restitution.
Grove City police advised the man he would need to file a police report in his home jurisdiction, but agreed to begin an investigation.
The man told police he had visited the listed address and a neighbor told him an elderly woman had lived there but recently moved away. The residence was listed as being available for rent, reports stated.
* Officers took reports Sept. 1 from two men who said tools were stolen overnight from their work vehicles while they were staying at local hotels.
A Michigan man said the rear door of his work van was forced open while the vehicle was parked in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road. Several tools, valued at $1,930 total, were stolen.
An Illinois man said tools valued at $2,550 were stolen from his truck while he was staying at a hotel in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road.
* An Alexandria, Kentucky, man told police his truck was broken into Aug. 28 while he was at a business in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.
He said he was in the business for about an hour and returned to find a window of his truck was broken. A laptop computer, cordless drill and $50 in cash had been stolen, according to reports. Total loss was $890.
* A Columbus man reported Aug. 28 that he believes he was the victim of a scam.
The man told police he bought a speaker for his car last January from a store in Columbus but decided to have it installed at a business located closer to his place of employment in Grove City.
He said he dropped his car and the speaker off on Jan. 17 at the Grove City store and the speaker was installed. The speaker worked fine for several months until August, according to reports.
The man said he took the speaker to the Grove City business on Aug. 25 to have it analyzed. He said employees told him they could not send the speaker back to the manufacturer for repair, even though the business is an authorized dealer for that brand of equipment.
The man took the speaker back to the Columbus store where he had made his purchase. That business was preparing to ship the speaker back to the manufacturer when an employee discovered it had a serial number that was different from the one listed on its box, reports stated.
The victim told police he believes that either when the speaker was installed in January or being looked at in August, it had been replaced with another unit.
* A resident in the 1300 block of Lamplighter Drive told police jewelry, valued at $1,615, was stolen from a box in her bedroom between July 29 and Sept. 1.
* Police responded to a report of a theft that occurred Sept. 4 at an apartment in the 2800 block of Harrisburg Station Lane.
A woman told police she had several guests at her apartment, but left just after midnight, leaving the others in her residence.
A Reynoldsburg man told police he fell asleep at 3 a.m. and woke up to find the other people were gone. The man's cellphone and a video game system and several video games belonging to the woman were missing.
* A resident in the 3000 block of Foxbridge Drive reported Aug. 26 someone broke out the rear windshield of her car overnight. While at the scene, a police officer also noticed a dent in the metal around the glass on the driver's side of the car and on the driver's side rear door. Total damage was valued at $1,100, reports stated.
* A Columbus man reported a rock was thrown at his car, breaking the windshield and two side windows and causing damage estimated at $950.
The incident occurred at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 28 while he and other people were in the back yard at a residence in the 2700 block of Brunswick Drive.
The man said the group heard some loud bangs coming from the front of the property and went to check. The damage to his car was discovered, along with a rock in the car's backseat, reports stated.