Grove City police filed a warrant March 7 against a Columbus man suspected of stealing jewelry from a store in the 2400 block of Stringtown Road.
Police issued a warrant for Zachary Keith Vanderpool, 27, whose last known address in Columbus is no longer valid, reports stated. He is believed to have been staying at motels in Grove City.
Officers reported they responded about 4:17 p.m. March 7 to the store, where a clerk said a man had asked to look at two gold bracelets and a gold necklace so he could compare them. When the clerk brought the jewelry out, the man grabbed all three items and ran out of the store without paying for them.
The man entered a red four-door Saturn and sped through the parking lot, nearly hitting another vehicle, according to reports.
The driver of the car that almost was hit was able to provide a license-plate number. Police identified the car's owner and discovered Vanderpool listed as a frequent driver of the vehicle, reports stated.
An officer compared the images from the store's security video with Vanderpool's driver's-license photo and identified him as the suspect in the theft, reports stated.
The total value of the stolen jewelry is listed at $5,300.
According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, Vanderpool was arrested March 12 and arraigned March 13 and is in the county's main jail.
He is facing a felony-theft charge, with a preliminary hearing set for March 22.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 2800 block of Parlin Drive reported a burglary occurred at her apartment March 9.
The woman said she had been contacted by a maintenance worker at the apartment building who told her he discovered the window of her back door was broken.
When she came home, the woman discovered numerous items, including two laptop computers, a tablet, jewelry, three watches and $4,000 in cash had been stolen. Total loss was $11,100.
* Officers were dispatched about 12:15 a.m. March 4 on a report of a robbery at a store in the 2800 block of London Groveport Road.
An employee told police she observed a woman attempting to leave without paying for merchandise. The items, which included boxes of diapers and children's clothing, were in a shopping cart the woman was pushing, reports stated. None of the items were in bags.
The employee said she approached the woman and asked to see a receipt. The woman claimed a receipt was in her purse, but continued toward the exit without showing a receipt. When the employee again asked to see her receipt, the woman told her she had a gun in her pocket, according to reports.
The employee told police she feared for her safety, so she went back into the store.
A witness reported seeing the suspect leave the parking lot in a white Chevrolet Malibu.
* Officers responded about 10:40 p.m. March 3 to a burglary in progress at an apartment in the 2900 block of Parlin Drive.
A caller reported seeing men leaving the apartment with a flat-screen television which they placed in a dark-colored four-door car before driving away. Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of whether there were two or three suspects, according to reports.
Officers checked inside the residence and found numerous drawers pulled from dressers and mattresses flipped over in the bedrooms.
The resident was contacted and confirmed that a television, a laptop computer, a video-game system and a handgun had been stolen, reports stated.
* A Zanesville man reported several tools valued at $2,500 were stolen March 3 from his van while it was parked in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road.
* A resident in the 3200 block of Park Street reported March 5 her car valued at $2,000 had been stolen. The theft occurred between 5:30 p.m. March 4 and 12:15 p.m. March 5. The woman said her car keys had been left in the unlocked vehicle.
* A resident in the 6000 block of Peridot Street told police car-stereo equipment valued at $580 was stolen March 7 from his vehicle while it was parked in the street in front of his house.