Grove City police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Lockbourne man suspected of beating and robbing a resident in the 3800 block of Homecomer Drive on April 7.
Police said they are looking for Steven Ray Nickels, 37, on a felony charge of aggravated robbery.
The victim told police he had spoken earlier April 7 with the man, who agreed to give him a ride to the west side of Columbus.
He said Nickels and a younger man arrived at his house at 3:30 p.m. The victim said the men talked for a few minutes in his driveway and when he turned around to walk back into his garage, Nickels struck him in the back of the head.
The victim said he fell to the ground and that Nickels then yelled for the younger man to come and help. He said he was hit as many as 20 times and believes he may have been struck at least once with a handgun the younger man pulled out, reports stated.
The victim said the younger man held him at gunpoint and the pair took his wallet, which contained $350, along with his cellphone and a saw from his garage, then left in their car. Total loss was $790, according to reports.
Officers found the victim had dried blood over his head and face and swollen eyes. He was taken to Mount Carmel Grove City for treatment, reports stated.
According to reports, the younger man, identified as an 18-year-old Columbus resident, is not on the city's warrant list, nor is there any court record indicating he has been arrested.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 5800 block of Platinum Drive reported his car, valued at $8,500, was stolen between midnight and 5 a.m. April 10.
* The director of operations for a business in the 1700 block of Stringtown Road told police the company suspects an accumulated sum of $4,502 in cash has been from the business.
He told police the company believes someone reopened closed bills and applied a discount, then pocketed the difference between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, according to reports.
The director of operations said he was still in the process of reviewing surveillance video to confirm how many incidents of this type took place.
* A resident in the 3900 block of Larchmere Drive reported his van, valued at $4,000, was stolen April 8 while it was parked on the street in front of his residence. Several tools, valued at $1,500, were inside the van.
* A South Solon woman reported her wallet, containing $2,000 in cash, was stolen April 7 from her car while it was parked at a business in the 3000 block of Broadway.
A witness told police he observed a man inside of the car, but initially thought he was the vehicle's owner. He said he became suspicious when he saw the man exit the vehicle holding a wallet, then walk quickly away. The witness went into the business to report a possible theft and made contact with the car's owner.
He also gave a detailed description of the man he saw in the car. When shown a group of photos of potential suspects, the man selected one as being of the man he saw in the car. Police later arrested that suspect, Sidney Jackson, 61, listed as homeless, and charged him with a felony count of theft, reports stated.
* A Newark man told police he sold his motorcycle to another man who gave him counterfeit bills.
The victim said he had listed his motorcycle for sale online and arranged to meet the man just after 10 p.m. April 9 in the parking lot of a store in the 3900 block of Hoover Road. The man arrived and give the victim $1,000, then left on the motorcycle with an unknown female, reports stated.
The victim said he never got the name of the man and did not ask to see any identification. He said that after the sale was completed, he and a friend went to a nearby gas station. The victim said he attempted to pay for gas using one of the bills the man had given him. He said the clerk turned him away after a counterfeit detection pen revealed the money was fake.
When an officer arrived to take the victim's report, he used a detection pen and confirmed the other nine bills the victim had been given were also counterfeit, reports stated. The officer requested a dispatcher to try calling the phone number the victim had for the suspect, but the number returned to a text messaging app. The motorcycle, valued at $1,400, was entered as a stolen vehicle.
* A resident in the 2700 block of Independence Court reported $900 in cash and a gold necklace, valued at $500, were stolen April 11 from her residence. The woman said she returned home after being gone for about 40 minutes and found the contents of her purse had been dumped out and her kitchen cabinets opened, reports stated. She said she checked the rest of the house and found several areas had been ransacked.
The woman said she had left a rear sliding door closed, but unlocked. She said she found the rear door was open when she returned.
* A man notified police April 13 that he discovered the door to his neighbor's apartment was standing open in the 4200 block of Parkmead Drive. He said he looked inside and saw the residence had been ransacked.
Officers checked the apartment for intruders, but found no one. The victim was contacted and returned to check his apartment. He told police several items, including a television, DVD player, DVDs, lighters, a tablet computer, pocket knives and a digital picture frame, were missing. Total loss was $1,325, reports stated.
* A student told police his bicycle, valued at $800, was stolen between 8 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. April 10 at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road. He said he had locked his bicycle to the fence at the school's baseball field.