A Grove City police officer was flagged down just after 1 p.m. Sept. 15 near J.C. Sommer Elementary School, 3055 Kingston Ave., by a woman who reported her daughter said a man had just tried to grab her while she was visiting the school playground.
The girl told police she was playing hide-and-seek with friends just before 1 p.m. when she noticed a man walking up behind her. She said the man was walking fast, which made her feel uncomfortable, so she ran south away from the playground area.
She said the man then ran toward her with his arm extended and trying to grab her, reports stated. The girl said she continued to run south and the man stopped chasing her. She said she last saw him walking north toward Kingston Avenue, leaving the area on foot heading east, according to reports.
The girl described the man as being a white male, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall and of average build, with a beard and curly hair, reports stated. He was wearing a black T-shirt and red shorts.
Officers checked the area but were unable to find anyone matching the man's description. Police also spoke to one of the girl's friends and she provided the same account of what happened and a similar description of the suspect, according to reports.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 3600 block of Connor Street told police Sept. 18 her rental car sustained $3,000 in damage after someone poured what appeared to be motor oil over it.
The car had been parked in the street in front of the woman's house, reports stated.
* A Columbus woman reported her cellphone, valued at $850, was stolen Sept. 16 from the kitchen area of a restaurant in the 3400 block of Broadway where she works.
The woman said she placed her phone on a counter while she cleaned a separate area of the restaurant. When she returned, her phone was gone. She said she asked a co-worker who was taking a smoke break outside if he had taken her phone. She said he said he didn't take the phone but he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. He got into a car being driven by another person and left, according to reports.
Officers went to a residence in the 3300 block of Woodlawn Avenue, where the property owner allowed police in to search the house, according to reports. They found the man hiding under a bed.
The man said he had left the restaurant because of the warrants and he did not take the phone, reports stated.
He was taken into custody on the warrants, which included misdemeanor traffic charges and a misdemeanor charge of theft, according to reports. He was taken to the Franklin County jail.
Because the restaurant did not have a surveillance camera covering the kitchen area and given that several other employees were on duty at the time the phone was taken, police were not able to determine who committed the theft, reports stated.
* A resident in the 700 block of Scioto Meadow Boulevard told police several tools were stolen Sept. 16 from his garage. He said the tools, valued at $700 total, were stolen after he left his garage door standing open, according to reports.
* A student told police his cellphone, valued at $600, was stolen Sept. 15 from Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road. The teen said he left the phone by the school's concession stand around 9 a.m. When he went back about an hour later to retrieve it, the phone was gone, according to reports.