Grove City police responded Oct. 27 to two reports of lawn equipment being stolen while the victims were mowing lawns.
An employee of a Reynoldsburg landscaping company told police two backpack blowers, valued at $1,400 total, were stolen from an enclosed landscaping trailer he left parked on the street while working at a residence in the 4300 block of Waterside Place. He said he left the trailer's back gate open while he was working between noon and 1 p.m. and returned to find the blowers missing.
The other report came from a teen who was mowing in the backyard of a residence in the 4600 block of Hirth Hill Road East. He said left his trailer parked in the driveway. He returned to the driveway to find the trailer, which contained three pieces of lawn equipment and his cellphone, had been stolen between 5:30 and 5:43 p.m. Total value of the stolen items was $1,670, reports stated.
An officer was able to use a tracking application for the cellphone that showed its location moving from the Indian Trails area to the Grant Run Estates development.
The officer relayed the location information to other officers who located a pickup truck in the identified area with the lawn equipment in the truck bed. The officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Roger D. Hulett, 56, of Joy Drive in Grove City, reports stated. He told police he thought the equipment was scrap that was no longer wanted by the owner, according to reports.
Police charged him with a felony count of theft.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* An officer recovered a stolen pickup truck Sept. 28 in the 3100 block of Walden Place. The officer was driving by the vehicle when his license plate reader sounded an alarm. He checked the license plate number and discovered a Dublin man had filed a stolen vehicle report with Columbus police.
A Walden Place resident told police the truck had been parked on the street for about a month. The vehicle is valued at $5,000, reports stated.
* The manager of a business in the 2400 block of Stringtown Road reported Sept. 28 a water bottle filled with urine had been left on a shelf in the store's discount aisle.
She said it was the second time in a week this had occurred, according to reports.
* A resident in the 4300 block of Kathryn Place reported Sept. 29 three tires on her car were punctured overnight, causing $500 damage.
* Two residents reported thefts from their unlocked vehicles occurred overnight on Oct. 4.
A man in the 4900 block of Adwell Loop Drive said two sets of tools, a ladder and two chainsaws were stolen from his pickup truck, which was parked in his driveway. Total loss was $2,000, reports stated.
A resident in the 4900 block of Backworth Drive told police a laptop computer and a backpack were stolen overnight from his unlocked car. Total loss was $450, according to reports.