A Grove City police officer arrested a Columbus man on felony charges of possession of drugs and receiving stolen property Sept. 10 after discovering he had been in a traffic accident.
The officer came upon the accident scene just before 10 a.m. at the intersection of Columbus Street and Broadway. In checking his identification, the officer discovered the man, identified as Mark L. Barlow, 38, of Hiawatha Street in Columbus, was driving under a child support suspension and also that a non-support warrant had been issued for him in Franklin County, reports stated. He was arrested on the warrant.
While searching him, an officer found a bag containing what the man said was methamphetamine and $3,308 in cash, according to reports. His vehicle was searched and officers found two more bags containing what the man said was methamphetamine along with a loaded handgun. The gun was found to have been stolen out of Dublin, reports stated.
The man was taken to the Franklin County jail.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* The co-owner of a business in the 1500 block of Stringtown Road told police $8,266 was stolen from the safe.
He said surveillance video shows a man wearing a hoodie entering the front door at 12:54 a.m. Sept. 13. The video shows the person disabling the alarm pad before entering the office, opening the safe and taking the money, according to reports. He left around 1 a.m., reports stated.
The co-owner said the suspect used keys to gain entrance to the building and knew the code to the safe.
No arrests have been made in the case.
* Police officers investigated two reports of stolen vehicles.
A resident in the 3900 block of Larosa Drive told police Sept. 9 her car, valued at $5,000, was stolen overnight. The woman said she believes she left her car unlocked with the keys inside the vehicle, according to reports.
A resident in the 2600 block of Hoover Crossing Court reported Sept. 10 his car, valued at $3,000, was stolen overnight. The victim said he had parked his car in the street in front of his house.
* A resident in the 5800 block of Quail Run Drive told police he was the victim of a scam.
The man said that on Aug. 29, he responded to a link on his home computer to what was claimed to be the website for a company providing an opportunity for him to become a mystery shopper.
He said he received a check for $2,425 and a confirmation email from someone claiming to be an employee of the company, reports stated. The victim said he was advised to deposit the check, deduct $350 for his expenses and purchase $2,000 in gift cards and send the PINs of the cards to the company.
The man followed the instructions. He was notified by his bank on Sept. 7 that the check he received was fraudulent. The victim told police he was out $2,425 due to the incident, according to reports.
* A resident in the 4700 block of Helmsbridge Court reported several items, including a television, video-game systems, video games, two saws, an air compressor and a freezer, were stolen between Sept. 6 and Sept. 12 from her residence.
The woman said she was away from home and had left her door unlocked so her neighbor could feed her dog.
Police discovered that Zachary T. Hunt, 29, of Helmsbridge Court, had pawned several of the victim's stolen items at area pawn shops, reports stated. Officers later contacted the man and he admitted to pawning the items. He was arrested and charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property, according to reports.
* A plumber employed by a Reynoldsburg company reported a press ring kit valued at $2,000 was stolen Sept. 7 from his service van while it was parked in the 3900 block of Hoover Road.
* The foreman for a Hilliard company told police a generator valued at $1,200 was stolen Sept. 14 from a job site on Jackson Pike north of Stringtown Road. The generator was stolen while the work crew was on a lunch break, reports stated.
* A Grove City woman reported her laptop computer was stolen after she set up a meeting to sell it to a man via a mobile classified app. She said she agreed to sell it to the man for $800 and arranged to meet him at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the parking lot of a business in the 6000 block of Hoover Road.
She said she was approached by two men, one of whom asked to see her computer. When she handed it to him, the man took off running toward Southwest Boulevard, followed by the second man.
* A Central Crossing High School student reported his $750 cellphone was taken Sept. 6 from his book bag while he was participating in a practice at the school, 4600 Big Run South Road.
The teen's father used an app to track the location of the phone to a residence in the 4400 block of Westview Court in Columbus. Police advised a teen at the residence he would be charged with receiving stolen property after it was discovered he had brought the phone home, reports stated.