Grove City police charged two men with felony counts of robbery after a Aug. 9 incident at a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.

Grove City police charged two men with felony counts of robbery after a Aug. 9 incident at a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.

However, a third man believed to be involved in the incident eluded capture, according to reports.

Officers arrested two men from near Cincinnati -- Marc Cole, 53, of Cleves and Frank Kincaid, 46, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana -- after a Georgia resident told police they helped steal money from him and his cousin.

The Georgia man told police Kincaid was standing in a breezeway at the motel with Cole and the third man. Kincaid first asked the Georgia man if he was interested in selling his RV and then asked if he was interested in playing a card game, according to reports.

The victim said Kincaid told him he had just won some money from a lottery ticket and showed a bank envelope containing cash and "$10,000" written on the front.

The Georgia man told police he removed $4,000 in cash from his pocket and his cousin, who also wanted in on the game, walked up holding $500.

At that point, the third man grabbed their money and starting running west from the breezeway.

The Georgia man said Cole and Kincaid attempted to pin him against the wall, but he broke loose and began running after the third man, yelling to onlookers that he had been robbed.

Officers arrived on the scene and located Cole and Kincaid at a nearby restaurant in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.

A witness also told officers he had attempted to stop Cole. He said Cole lunged toward him with a box cutter and attempted to stab him in the stomach.

Officers searched the area for the third man, but were unable to find him. He was described as being in his 50s with a gray beard and wearing a white T-shirt, ball cap, blue jeans and black shoes.

In other recent Grove City police reports:

* A resident in the 5800 block of Paul Talbott Circle told police Aug. 10 he responded to a Facebook message he believed had been sent to him by a friend and ended up having $4,000 stolen.

The man said he received the message July 22 about a government program that would give him a $100,000 return on a $1,500 investment. The message, which he believed to have come from a friend who lives in Massachusetts, included the name of a person running the program and where to send the money.

The resident said he wired $1,500 to the named person but he did not receive the money he was promised.

The person purportedly running the program contacted the resident and said the program needed another $3,500. The victim refused to send more money. He then received a message from his "friend," who said he would provide $1,000 if the Grove City man contributed the remaining $2,500. The message said the return on his investment would come immediately.

The victim wired the additional money Aug. 10 and received a thank-you note, but no instructions on how to obtain the money earned from his investment.

He told police he contacted his friend in Massachusetts, who told him his Facebook account had been hacked a few years before, he does not use it anymore and he had no knowledge of the program to which the Grove City man was referring.

* The owner of a Thornville excavating company told police a breaker valued at $10,000 that he rents from a Fairfield company was stolen Aug. 11 from the 2300 block of English Turn Drive, where he was working on a project.

* A Gahanna man reported Aug. 14 that his car valued at $5,000 was stolen from the motel he was staying at in the 3100 block of Broadway.

The man said he had been assaulted earlier that evening on Oakland Avenue in Columbus and a woman he was staying with at the motel drove him back there. He said he fell asleep and when he woke up, his keys, the car and the woman were gone. He told police he had met the woman five days earlier and knew only her first name.

* Officers responded twice in three days to reports of thefts from a construction site in the 3400 block of Farm Bank Way.

On Aug. 13, officers were told a plate compactor valued at $1,500 had been stolen overnight.

On Aug. 15, two workers reported their tools were stolen from a storage box. The locks on the box had been removed to gain entry. The tools were stolen between 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 7 a.m. Aug. 15, and their total value was $1,337.

* A resident in the 4500 block of Ashgrove Drive told police Aug. 11 that someone caused $5,000 damage overnight to the above-ground pool in his backyard. The man said someone either stood on one of the pool's rails or used a heavy object to break the rail, causing the side of the pool to collapse.

* The security officer at an auto-auction business in the 3900 block of Jackson Pike told police that someone stole a white pickup truck by driving it through the front gate. Additional information about the vehicle was not available at the time of the report.

* A resident in the 3100 block of Windsor Place reported Aug. 15 several tools valued at a total of $1,820 were stolen overnight from his pickup truck.

* A resident in the 900 block of River Trail Drive reported Aug. 13 that his wife's car, which was valued at $1,000, was stolen overnight from their driveway.

* A Dublin woman reported her cellphone was stolen Aug. 9 from the auxiliary gym at the Grove City Recreation Center, 4665 Hoover Road. She said her son was at the gym and had placed the phone on a table.