Grove City police said a maintenance worker who was applying road salt around 7 a.m. Feb. 18 to a parking lot in the 3800 block of Grove City Road discovered three adjacent businesses had been entered.
The man noticed the front door glass had been broken out of one of the businesses and doors at the other two buildings were damaged, reports stated.
Officers responded and searched each building, but found no one inside. The owners of each business were called to the scene.
The owner of the business with broken glass found the only missing item was a checkbook, according to reports. He said thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment was left untouched.
At the other two businesses, entry was gained by prying open a door.
The owner of one of the businesses told police several items had been taken from the front desk and a safe, containing money and customer checks, was also missing, reports stated. A checkbook and blank checks were also taken.
The owner was not able to give a value of the stolen items.
Nothing appeared to be missing from the third business, according to reports.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 6400 block of Antoinette Court told police he had been the victim of extortion.
The man said he sent a nude photograph Feb. 2 to someone on a messaging app. That person then threatened to share the picture if the victim did not send $150 to the Philippines via Western Union, according to reports.
The victim wired the money, and Feb. 15, the unknown suspect requested he join a pornographic live-cam website using a prepaid credit card. The next day, a person using the messaging app username attempted to obtain more money from the victim, threatening to send the nude photo to all of the victim's friends on Facebook if he didn't pay more money, reports stated. The victim did not respond and instead contacted police.
* A resident in the 4300 block of Bear Lake Trail told police Feb. 18 numerous tools were stolen overnight from the tool box in the bed of his work truck. The stolen tools are valued at $6,000.
* The maintenance employee for an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Suffolk Lane reported the maintenance building was broken into and a tool wagon and hand tools were stolen. Total loss was $700, according to reports.
* An employee of a business in the 6300 block of Seeds Road reported Feb. 18 that a trailer. valued at $8,000, was stolen from the company's parking lot.
* A resident in the 4400 block of Newport Loop East told police she came home from work Feb. 18 to find her condominium had been entered and items were missing.
The stolen items including a diamond ring, a television and jewelry, with a total value of $2,850, reports stated.
An urn containing the ashes of the woman's dog was also stolen.