Grove City Division of Police officers are investigating the second burglary in three weeks that involved the theft of thousands of dollars in cash and a large quantity of cartons of cigarettes.
Officers responded at 3:47 a.m. Jan. 28 to a burglar alarm at a store in the 2500 block of Dartmoor Road.
When they arrived, officers found the front of the building was damaged. The windows had been broken, apparently by a vehicle that was used to ram the front of the building to gain entry.
Officers entered the building to make sure no one was inside before notifying the owner of the business.
After checking his store, the owner said $3,516 in cash and cartons of cigarettes worth an estimated $9,900 were missing. The cigarettes were in a back room, which also had been broken into by force.
On Jan. 9, someone broke through a wall of a gas station in the 4400 block of Broadway and stole cartons of cigarettes valued at an estimated $80,000 and a safe containing more than $12,000.
In other recent Grove City police incident reports:
* A woman who lives on Kelnor Drive came Jan. 28 to the Grove City Division of Police headquarters to report she believed she had just been the victim of a scam.
The woman said she had received a phone call earlier that day from a man identifying himself as a U.S. marshal. He told her she had active arrest warrants against her because she had failed to report for jury duty.
The man told the woman she needed to provide a money card with $996 on it to pay her bond.
He instructed her to come immediately to the U.S. District Court office at 85 Marconi Blvd. in Columbus to pay the bond. He said if she signed an affidavit stating she had never received a notice to appear for jury duty the money would be refunded to her.
The woman said she purchased two money cards totaling $996 and went to the U.S. District Court office. She arrived about 5:30 p.m. and found the court office was closed.
The alleged marshal called her and said she needed to give him the card numbers over the phone and he would send out a deputy to speak with her.
The woman told police she waited about two hours before leaving. She said she became suspicious when she called the man back and was immediately sent to voicemail.
An officer attempted to call the man's phone number and reached a voicemail that claimed to be the "United States District Court Warrants and Citation Division." The officer left a message asking for a return call as soon as possible.
He called the number several more times and eventually received a message that the voicemail could not accept messages.
A check of the phone number was unsuccessful.
* Officers responded Jan. 24 to a construction site in the 4900 block of Sheffield Way where 20 windows valued at $3,000 were stolen. The windows had been dropped off at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 and were discovered missing at 8 a.m. the next day.
* A resident in the 1800 block of Sun Ridge Drive reported Feb. 2 his all-terrain vehicle was stolen overnight. A key to the ATV that had been left in his unlocked pickup truck was used to steal the vehicle, according to the report.
* A resident in the 3200 block of Parkbrook Drive reported several items were stolen Feb. 1 from her home while she was sleeping. The stolen items included a video game, a headset, an amplifier, two tablet computers, a calculator, a backpack containing school books and supplies, a gold watch and a pair of sneakers. Total loss was $2,005, according to the report, and the theft occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight.
* An employee of a Hamilton company staying at a hotel in the 4100 block of Marlane Drive told police Jan. 27 a concrete saw valued at $1,250 was stolen overnight from his work truck. A rear door window was broken to gain entry to the vehicle.
* A resident in the 3900 block of Marsol Avenue reported his debit-card number was used from Jan. 9 to 27 to make purchases at five northern Ohio stores and on two websites. The total value of the purchases was $1,039, according to the report.
The man told police he had not been to northern Ohio and was still in possession of his card. He discovered the unauthorized purchases on his debit-card statement.
* An employee of a Mount Pleasant, Michigan, company reported two saws valued at $900 were stolen from a construction trailer he had parked at a hotel in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road. The theft occurred between 2 p.m. Jan. 25 and 6 p.m. Jan. 26.
* An employee of a store in the 2500 block of Columbus Street told police Jan. 27 he had been advised by an asset-protection manager with the company that a counterfeit credit card had been used Dec. 5 at the Grove City location to purchase oil-change supplies and a gift card. Total loss was $465, according to the report.