Grove City police said a man driving a tow truck July 30 attempted to take a cargo trailer belonging to a resident in the 5400 block of Spring Hill Road.
An officer was dispatched at 2:13 p.m. to the area of Brookgrove Drive on a report of a tow truck that was traveling recklessly and speeding.
When the officer arrived, he was flagged down by the city's zoning-compliance officer, who said he had observed a tow truck drop a trailer on the south end of Brookgrove in a no-parking zone, reports stated. He said the tow truck then sped off and the driver threw a pop can out the window as he drove eastbound near Kingston Avenue.
The officer drove to the 4300 block of Brookgrove, where the trailer was sitting. Another man arrived and told the officer the trailer belonged to him.
He said the trailer had been parked at the corner of Blue Grass Lane and Spring Hill Road near his residence. He said he was arriving home when he saw the tow truck leaving Blue Grass Lane with his trailer attached.
He said he followed the tow truck as it drove north on Hoover Road to White Road and eventually to the stop sign at Clark Drive and Woodgrove Drive, where he confronted the truck driver, reports stated.
The driver claimed he was impounding the trailer due to its being parked illegally and he would have to pay $125 to get his trailer back, according to reports.
The victim said he told the driver he would have to go to the bank to get the money and asked him to drive the trailer back to his residence. He said he went to the bank to get the money, but neither the tow truck nor his trailer was at his house when he arrived. He said he then drove to Brookgrove Drive, where he found his trailer and the police officer.
Police spoke to the woman who made the original report. She said she had observed the tow truck speeding on Clark Drive with a red SUV, driven by the trailer's owner, following behind. She said the two vehicles came to a stop on Clark Drive at Woodgrove and the drivers got into a verbal argument.
After the SUV left, the woman said, she followed the tow truck as it turned around on Woodgrove and eventually began heading north on Brookgrove. While on Brookgrove, the tow truck began backing up toward the woman's car and the driver yelled something at the woman, reports stated.
She said she yelled back to him that she was on the phone with the police. At that point, the truck driver dropped the trailer and left the area at a high rate of speed.
The woman took a picture of the tow truck, which had a temporary license plate in the rear window. Police checked the license-plate number and found it belongs to a car and not the tow truck, reports stated.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* An officer patrolling at 5:15 a.m. July 30 in the parking lot at a motel in the 1800 block of Stringtown Road recovered a car that had been reported stolen from Madison County.
The officer was checking license plate numbers of cars and the vehicle in question came back as having been reported stolen July 28 by a Mount Sterling man.
Motel staff were not able to confirm who had brought the car to the motel, according to reports. Items belonging to a man and woman were found in the car. The owner was notified and came to the motel to pick up his car.
* A Grove City woman told police July 29 that she was at a business in the 2100 block of Stringtown Road at 1 a.m. July 8 when she was approached by a man and woman who asked her if she would be interested in buying child pornography.
The couple did not show any explicit material to the woman, according to reports.
The woman told police she became scared and ran out to her car. She said the couple chased her across the parking lot but she was able to leave without further contact.
The woman said that at 11 p.m. July 28 she went to a business in the 1900 block of Stringtown where she saw the same couple sitting in a booth. She sent a note to the manager notifying him about the couple, according to reports. As the woman was leaving the business, the couple ran out into the parking lot and yelled at her as she walked away.
She told police she had been afraid to make a report after the initial incident July 8.
The business manager confirmed to police that he was given a note about the couple. He said the couple told several servers they were from Texas and paid their bill with cash before leaving, reports stated.
* A resident in the 500 block of West River Drive told police July 30 someone pried open the lock on his trailer overnight and took a generator and speaker. Total loss was $3,200, reports stated.
* A representative of a Powell company reported July 30 that several exterior doors were stolen from a construction site in the 4500 block of Newport Loop East. The theft occurred between 5:30 p.m. July 27 and 7:30 a.m. July 30. Total loss was $2,500, according to reports.
* A resident in the 4100 block of Marsol Avenue reported July 28 a pistol, valued at $500, was stolen overnight from the glove box in his car.