A car illegally parked in a fire lane earlier this month turned out to have been stolen out of Columbus, according to the Grove City Division of Police.

A car illegally parked in a fire lane earlier this month turned out to have been stolen out of Columbus, according to the Grove City Division of Police.

A Grove City officer noticed the car was parked illegally at 4:38 p.m. Oct. 7 in front of a store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.

The officer attempted to make contact with the driver and passenger as they left the store, but the pair got into the vehicle and drove off.

After the car was identified as being stolen, another officer was called and they stopped the vehicle on White Road northeast of Buckeye Parkway. They found $90 worth of groceries later confirmed to have been stolen from the store.

The passenger, a 25-year-old Columbus man, admitted he had just smoked marijuana and that he had stolen merchandise from another store, according to the police report. He was issued a summons for a theft charge and released.

The driver, a 24-year-old Columbus man, was arrested and charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property relating to the stolen car and a misdemeanor charge of theft related to the stolen groceries.

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

* Officers responded to several reports involving the theft of or damage to tires.

Seven tires were reported stolen Oct. 10 from three trucks parked at a business in the 3700 block of Brookham Drive. The thief replaced each tire with an older, worn-out tire. Total loss was $2,800, according to the report.

Later on Oct. 10, a resident in the 4200 block of Parkmead Drive reported her car was put on concrete blocks and all four tires and rims stolen. Total loss was $1,600, according to the report.

On Oct. 11, officers responded to reports of tires being punctured on vehicles parked at three residences in the 1900 block of Mallow Lane. Tires on two vehicles were damage at each address. Similar incidents had been reported at two of the residences about a month earlier.

* An employee of a Dayton tree-service business reported Oct. 10 that two saws and other items were stolen from his work trailer. Total loss was $4,000, according to the report.

The theft occurred between 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 6:20 a.m. Oct. 10 while the man was staying in a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road. Entry to the trailer was gained by cutting two locks, the report said.

* A Kentucky man told police he discovered Oct. 8 numerous tools had been stolen overnight from his work truck parked at a motel in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road. Total loss was $3,000, according to the report.

* A man reported several watches were stolen between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8 from his apartment in the 3600 block of Sterling Park Circle. Total loss was $2,000, according to the report.

* A Columbus man told police Oct. 10 that $1,500 in cash was stolen from his room at a motel in the 3100 block of Broadway. The man said he was staying with a woman he has known for two years. He said he took a shower at 10:30 a.m. and when he got out, the money and the woman were gone. He said he doesn't know where the woman lives.

* A resident in the 4200 block of Cheswick Court reported Oct. 7 a bicycle valued at $1,500 that was chained on the rear patio of her home had been stolen. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. Oct. 3 and 8 a.m. Oct. 4.

* Police arrested two Springfield residents on felony charges of receiving stolen property Oct. 12 after discovering their vehicle had been stolen from a car dealership in Fairborn.

An officer was patrolling a store parking lot in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road in an unmarked vehicle when he noticed a car with an expired registration. A 45-year-old woman was sitting in the driver's seat and appeared to be watching the store's exit doors intently.

As the officer continued to observe, the woman drove to another store in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road. She went into the store for a few minutes, then exited walking quickly, got back into the car and sped back to the other store.

She drove up to a 58-year-old man, who removed several large tools from a shopping cart, threw them in the back seat and got into the vehicle, which left the parking lot heading toward Thistlewood Drive.

Another officer stopped the vehicle on Stringtown Road. A check of the car revealed it was stolen and that the license plates belonged to a woman the man said was his niece. A loss-prevention officer from the store confirmed the tools had been stolen.

Both Springfield residents were charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and misdemeanor counts of theft. The woman had a felony warrant for receiving stolen property and the man had a felony warrant for grand theft from Montgomery County. They were transported to the Franklin County Jail.

* A Lima woman told police Oct. 10 that $1,000 in cash was stolen overnight from her unlocked car while she was visiting her daughter's residence in the 3200 block of Cameron Street.

A neighbor also reported that $20 was stolen from her unlocked car.

* Officers responded about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 10 to a burglar alarm at a business in the 2600 block of Columbus Street.

They found a window on the southeast side of the building had been broken. The building was searched and no one was found, but the dial on a safe in the same room as the window had been broken into an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry to the safe.

The owner of the business arrived on the scene and reported that nothing appeared to be missing. Total damage to the safe and window was $650, according to the report.

* A Columbus man told police a man he knows only as "Ryan" sold him a smartphone that could not be unlocked or activated.

The man said he found an ad Oct. 5 on Craigslist for the phone. He sent a text message and arrangements were made for a meeting at a gas station in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road to complete the transaction. The pair met at noon and the Columbus man paid $640 in cash for the phone.

He later attempted to activate the phone without success. He contacted the seller, who recommended he go to a retailer. A clerk at the store said the phone could not be unlocked or activated.

An officer attempted to contact "Ryan" using a phone number provided by the victim, but the number was not in service.

* A resident in the 2900 block of Harrisburg Station Lane reported her boyfriend broke two televisions in her apartment Oct. 6 after the two had an argument. Total damage was $634, according to the report. The man, a 26-year-old Columbus resident, was issued a summons for criminal damaging.

* Officers responded twice in two days to a motel in the 1900 block of Stringtown Road on reports of televisions stolen from guest rooms. The incidents occurred Oct. 7 and 8. Total value of the two stolen televisions was $800, according to the report.

* A Grove City man reported his daughter's cellphone valued at $749 was stolen Oct. 8 while she was working at a store in the 5900 block of Hoover Road.

* A woman reported her minivan was stolen from her driveway in the 1900 block of Kendall Place in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. She said she had just purchased the vehicle for $600 the day before from a neighbor.