A Columbus man was arrested Christmas night when Grove City police recovered a large amount of marijuana from his car and his room at a hotel in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive.

A Columbus man was arrested Christmas night when Grove City police recovered a large amount of marijuana from his car and his room at a hotel in the 4100 block of Parkway Centre Drive.

Leonard E. Fritts III, 43, of Tremaine Court in Columbus, was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs after police recovered the marijuana in a small bag containing 3.9 grams and four grocery bags with a total of 2.8 pounds.

Officers spotted Fritts passed out in his car at 8:40 p.m. as they were patrolling the area around the hotel. As they roused Fritts, the officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

Fritts admitted he had marijuana in his car, according to the police report, and officers found two of the grocery bags behind the driver's seat and the small bag inside the center console.

The K-9 unit was called and the dog alerted officers to the likely presence of drugs in Fritts' hotel room after smelling the bottom of the door.

They found the other bags of marijuana stashed in a laundry bag in the motel room.

After arresting Fritts, officers searched him and found he had $3,976.

The felony drug possession charge was due to the large amount of marijuana recovered. Fritts was taken to the Franklin County jail.

In other recent incident reports from the Grove City Division of Police:

* Officers responded at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 25 to a report of a crash. The caller said he heard a loud crash and observed a pickup truck in a pond off Ponds Edge Street. He reported a man swam away from the truck toward the road, exited the pond and began running northeast toward Larchmere Drive.

Officers arrived and searched the area but could not find the driver of the truck, which by then almost was submerged. A check of the license plate revealed the vehicle was owned by a Carlotta Street man.

Officers went to the man's residence and he told them he had thought the truck was in the driveway and denied having anything to do with the accident.

Police returned to the scene of the accident and a short time later, the man called to say he wanted to file a stolen vehicle report. He said the truck had been stolen between 10:15 p.m. Dec. 24 and 12:31 a.m. Dec. 25 from his driveway.

The truck owner said a handgun was under the front seat, but officers did not find a gun in the vehicle.

* A Pittsburgh man called police Dec. 29 to report that earlier in the evening, three pieces of luggage containing a laptop computer and clothing were stolen from his car while he and his wife were inside a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road.

The man said he and his wife were in the business for about 10 minutes. He discovered the items were missing when he started unloading the car after they returned home.

Total loss was reported at $2,100.

* A Grove City man was arrested Dec. 24 on a felony charge of possession of drugs when officers were called after he refused to leave a restaurant that had closed for the night in the 2000 block of Stringtown Road.

Officers arrived just after midnight and found Jack Anderson, 49, of Queens Meadow Lane, sitting in the darkened dining room. According to police, despite the restaurant being closed, Anderson claimed he had ordered food and refused to leave until he received his order.

When officers escorted Anderson out of the restaurant, he became belligerent and they arrested him for disorderly conduct, according to the police report. They also found two white pills in his pants pocket.

Anderson said the pills had been prescribed by a doctor, but he was not able to give a name of the doctor. He also was charged with the felony count of drug possession and taken to the Franklin County jail.

* The residents of an apartment in the 3400 block of Addison Place told police a video-game system, a video game and $60 in cash were stolen Dec. 25.