Grove City police said a resident in the 5600 block of Coneflower Drive reported May 5 she believes a contractor vandalized her residence to exaggerate the damage caused by the April 3 storm that hit Grove City.
The woman said she contacted a company after finding an ad on Facebook and a representative inspected her residence on April 12. After completing the inspection, the representative told the woman her roof had sustained a large amount of damage and said he would do the repair work after she received her insurance check, reports stated.
The victim said she then contacted her insurance company. An insurance agent inspected her roof and told her it was obvious that most of the damage to the roof was manmade and not caused by a storm, according to reports. The agent told her it would cost about $11,922 to repair the damage, reports stated.
The woman then contacted another company, which also told her it was apparent someone had caused most of the damage to her roof, reports stated.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* Officers responded May 6 to a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road to assist a man attempting to get his 24-year-old son to leave the motel and get help with mental issues after a fire had occurred in the son's room.
When the son opened his room door to officers, they could smell smoke and the son told them there was a fire in the bathroom, according to reports.
Officers went to the bathroom and saw burn marks on the ceiling, smoke stains on the walls and ash on the floor, reports stated. The Jackson Township Fire Department responded and determined the fire was not caused by an accident or electrical failure. The fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, according to reports.
The son told police two men had come to his room, hit him and that one of the men had used a torch to set the fire in the bathroom. The father told police he doubted the story due to his son's mental issues, according to the report.
No charges have been filed in the case, but the son was sent to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
* A resident in the 2200 block of Trimble Lane reported he woke up May 9 to find his car had been stolen.
The man said a woman had left his house at about midnight after being picked up by her roommate. He said he went to bed and when he woke up at 8 a.m. May 9, he found the keys to his car and the vehicle were both missing.
* A car parked May 1 at a business in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road was found to have been stolen out of Columbus.
An officer patrolling the area near the business observed the car at 12:26 a.m., parked at a gas pump with a man standing next to it. The officer checked the license plate and found the vehicle had been reported stolen on April 29.
The officer made contact with the man standing by the car. He identified himself and said he was with two friends -- a male and a female -- who were inside the business. He said the other man had driven the car to the gas station. The man claiming to be the passenger said he was not aware the car had been stolen, reports stated.
Two other officers arrived at the scene as the woman and other man walked out of the business.
The second man initially told police he rode a bus into Grove City and had walked to the business, then later admitted he had driven the car from a store to the business. He said the first man had driven the car to the store.
After further investigation, police charged the second man with a felony count of receiving stolen property, according to reports.
The case was dismissed May 16 in Franklin County Municipal Court. No other charges have been filed.
* An employee of a business in the 2700 block of Home Road reported May 14 that several components of an aluminum gantry crane were stolen from the company's back lot. The combined weight of the stolen pieces was about three-quarters of a ton and they were valued at $3,800, reports stated.
* A resident in the 2200 block of Marshrun Court reported four televisions and a smart watch were stolen May 5 from her house.
The woman said the burglary occurred while she was away after police arrested a woman who was staying at her residence on warrants.
The woman arrested did not have a key to the house and the front door was left unlocked after she was taken away. Total loss was $2,250, reports stated.
* A man reported May 11 his landscape/all purpose trailer, valued at $1,200, was stolen overnight from a parking lot in the 3300 block of McDowell Road.
* A Columbus company reported May 3 that several rolls of electrical wire, valued at $855, were stolen overnight from a residence under construction in the 1800 block of Sulton Court.