Grove City police officers responded Dec. 15 to the 3200 block of Kingswood Drive on a report of a possible kidnapping that turned out to be an apparent phone scam.

Grove City police officers responded Dec. 15 to the 3200 block of Kingswood Drive on a report of a possible kidnapping that turned out to be an apparent phone scam.

They were met by a woman who said her mother had received a call at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 15 from a male caller who said her son -- the reporting person's brother -- had been abducted after he crashed a motorcycle belonging to a drug dealer.

The caller told the mother she would have to pay $2,500 to get her son back. The caller ID showed a number from Puerto Rico.

The daughter told police her family is Puerto Rican and said the caller spoke with a Puerto Rican accent.

She said when he was told the family did not have $2,500, the caller suggested they pay some of the ransom now and pay the rest later. He suggested two stores they could go to that were close to the Kingswood Drive home.

The conversation with the caller was conducted in Spanish.

The daughter told police the family attempted to call her brother, but he did not answer his phone.

Officers were dispatched to the son's home and while they were en route, the son called and told his family he had just woke up and that he was safe and by himself. Family members told police they couldn't say for sure if it was their relative speaking.

The officers dispatched to the son's home arrived a short time later and spoke with him. He assured them he was safe and had not been kidnapped.

The family members were advised they apparently were the victim of a common phone scam in which a caller attempts to get a victim to go to a store and buy a gift card then give the gift card number over the phone.

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

* Officers were dispatched at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 to a store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road where a theft had just occurred.

They met a loss-prevention officer, who told them two men had stolen four camera systems. Each man grabbed two camera systems and left via the front entrance without paying for the merchandise, the employee said.

The men ran through the parking lot, with the loss-prevention officer giving chase, and each man dropped one of the cameras they were carrying. Store employees recovered the dropped cameras.

The loss-prevention officer told police the men got into a red four-door car near Buckeye Parkway and Stringtown Road. The vehicle was last seen heading east on Stringtown toward state Route 104.

As the vehicle was picking up the men, it crashed into another vehicle. The loss-prevention officer said the getaway car did not have a license plate.

* Officers responded at about 9:20 a.m. Dec. 10 to the 2500 block of Columbus Street to look for a semi-truck, valued at $125,000, that had been stolen from a Blue Ash company.

A representative of the company had contacted police to report the GPS tracker indicated the truck was in Grove City.

Officers located the truck and asked the driver to exit the vehicle.

The driver was arrested and charged with a felony count of receiving stolen property.

The company representative told police he had fired the driver Dec. 9 and collected the key to the truck. When the manager arrived at work on Dec. 10, he found the truck was missing.

The driver told police he had been fired and had nowhere to go. He said he couldn't get a ride to Columbus, so he took the truck using a spare key.

* Sixteen high-definition televisions were stolen from a trailer parked at a warehouse in the 3500 block of Southwest Boulevard.

Officers responded at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 12 to another warehouse in the 3800 block of Southwest Boulevard where the empty boxes that had contained the TVs were found.

A representative of the warehouse where the theft occurred came to the scene and confirmed the boxes and TVs belonged to his company. He said the seals had been cut off 10 trailers but the televisions were all stolen from a pallet in one of the trailers.

Each television was valued at $307 for a total loss of $4,912.

* A resident in the 3200 block of Belstead Drive reported several pieces of jewelry, a watch, silver dollars, perfume and a muscle massager were stolen from her residence.

The woman said the theft occurred between 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 4 p.m. Dec. 11 while she and her husband were out of town.

She said her adult son, who lives at the home, invited a Columbus woman to spend the weekend with him. She said her son also discovered his phone had been used to make an Internet search for a pawn shop.

Total loss was $1,980. The woman told police she did not want to file charges.

* An officer responding Dec. 11 to a resident's report of a tire stolen from her van learned tires had been taken from vehicles at two nearby residences.

The officer originally responded to the 2300 block of Senora Drive, where a woman reported a rear tire had been taken between noon Dec. 10 and 12:23 p.m. Dec. 11.

A short time later, the officer found tires missing from vehicles parked at residences in the 3700 block of Royal Glen Lane and the 2400 block of Royal Meadow Lane.

He contacted the owners of the vehicles. Each said the tires were stolen between the early morning and early afternoon hours of Dec. 11.

* Two residents in the 3800 block of Carlotta Street reported thefts from unlocked vehicles parked at their residences.

The first resident told police a book bag containing several college textbooks and a calculator were stolen from her car.

The second resident said the only items taken from his car were a house key and car key.

The thefts occurred overnight Dec. 11 and 12.