An investigation involving a car that had not been returned to a business in the 3500 block of Broadway expanded with several Ohio police departments offering assistance.
A Grove City police officer took a report on April 24 from a manager at the business. The manager said a woman rented a car on March 23 and was due to return it on April 3, reports stated. When the car was not returned, the manager called the woman using the phone number the business had been given, but the woman who answered said she had no knowledge of a car being rented in her name and she was not the person who had made the transaction.
The woman lives in Highland Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, according to reports.
Grove City police asked the Highland Heights police department to have an officer contact the woman at her residence. Highland Heights police reported the woman was the victim of an ongoing identify theft case that they were investigating. A Highland Heights detective confirmed the woman's credit card and operator's license had been stolen and that she had been plagued with calls from businesses and police departments regarding crimes that had been committed with her identification, reports stated.
A Highland Heights detective said he believes a fake ID card was created matching the woman with an old license number being used.
A check had been cashed in the woman's name in Westfield Center, a village in Medina County, according to reports.
A Westfield Center police officer reported he believes the rental car was the vehicle used to drop off the female suspect in their case, but he didn't have the license plate number until being contacted by Grove City.
He said Columbus police are also investigating a case in which the rental car and the woman's identification may have been used in running a scam, reports stated.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* The manager of a store in the 2300 block of Stringtown Road told police someone cashed a forged check for $15,200 from the store's account.
The manager said he was balancing the store's checkbook on April 19 when he noticed the check had been cashed but did not recognize it, according to reports
He contacted the store's bank, which provided a copy of the check. Although the check had the correct account and routing numbers, it did not match the checks actually used by the store, reports stated. It was also made out to a person whose name the manager did not recognize. There was no record of the store ever doing business with a person with that name, according to the report.
It is unknown where the check may have been cashed.
* Someone used an all-terrain vehicle to cause an estimated $10,000 damage to the grass and dirt on the putting green of the 17th hole at the Pinnacle Golf Course, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive. The vandalism occurred between 9 p.m. April 21 and 7 a.m. April 22. The 17th green pin flag, valued at $250, was also stolen, according to the report.
* A resident in the 3400 block of Addison Place told police her wedding ring, a diamond ring, two diamond necklaces and tools were stolen from her residence.
The items were stolen between Jan. 31 and March 20 while the woman was in the hospital. Total loss was listed at $3,660, according to the report.
* The owner of a construction company reported April 22 several bundles of shingles had been stolen from a construction site in the 1000 block of Lamplighter Drive. Total loss was $1,768.
* An employee of a hotel in the 4000 block of Jackpot Road told police her cellphone, valued at $900, was stolen April 23 from her cart while she was cleaning rooms. She was able to pull up the location of her phone with another phone, which showed it as being in the 1800 block of South Champion Avenue in Columbus.
The Columbus Division of Police was notified and sent an officer to the listed location. The officer made contact with a man who gave the phone to the Columbus police officer without providing further details and it was returned to the owner, according to reports.
No arrest was reported to have been made in the case, reports stated.