A Columbus man was arrested on two felony counts of receiving stolen property after he was found sleeping in a car that had been reported stolen in Dublin.
Grove City officers were dispatched at 8:20 a.m. July 6 to the parking lot of a store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road on a report of a man and woman observed passed out in a car. The caller said the man had credit cards in his hand.
When they arrived, officers approached on both sides of the car. The first officer roused the woman, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, and asked her to exit the car. The woman was found in possession of credit cards that belonged to another woman, however, no charges have been filed in Franklin County Municipal Court against her, reports stated.
The other officer opened the door to the driver's seat, removed the credit cards from the man's hands and noticed a handgun laying on his lap, according to reports.
The man was removed from the car and placed in a police cruiser. Further investigation revealed the gun, as well as the car, were listed as stolen.
The man was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and another felony count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, reports stated.
He was arraigned July 8 in Franklin County Municipal Court and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 16.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 3300 block of Marshrun Drive told police July 4 someone stole numerous pieces of jewelry and two jars containing a total of $300 in coins from her house.
The woman said she discovered the items were missing on or about May 10, reports stated. She told police she contacted an acquaintance and he admitted to taking the items, which had a total value of $10,650, according to reports. No charges have been filed against the man.
* A resident in the 3300 block of Willowood Place told police she interrupted a man's July 4 attempt to break into her home. The woman said she woke up at 3:30 a.m. and heard the handle on her front door jiggling. She looked out her window and saw a man at the front door, with his hand on the door handle. He then began trying to force open a window, according to reports. She yelled to him that she was going to call the police. The man uttered a profane recognition that someone was home and ran back to a car, reports stated. He drove off at a high rate of speed. Police reported they found what appeared to be fresh damage to the front door and window frames.
* Police arrested a Columbus woman July 5 after a resident in the 3100 block of Townhouse Drive reported his car had been stolen.
The woman was arrested after she returned the car to the man's apartment, reports stated.
The victim told police the woman had stayed at his apartment after they attended the July 4 fireworks display in Grove City. He said he woke up around 2:30 p.m. July 5 to find the woman and his car keys were gone. His roommate told him he noticed the woman was gone after he woke up at 11:30 a.m.
The victim told police he called the woman several times after he found his car was missing and when he reached her, she told him she was going to meet a relative at an undisclosed location in Grove City. The man said he tried several more times to contact the woman, but his calls went to voicemail.
Police filed a warrant on a felony count of theft in Franklin County Municipal Court.
At about 8:17 p.m. the victim called police to report the woman had contacted him and said she was driving back to his apartment.
Officers parked their cruisers nearby and arrested the woman after she pulled into the parking lot. She was charged with an additional felony count of possession of drugs after police found loose pills in her backpack, reports stated.
She was arraigned July 6 in Franklin County Municipal Court on the charges. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 19.
* The manager of a business in the 2700 block of London Groveport Road reported someone broke into the building in the early morning hours of July 8 and stole $1,200 in cash and a cash register, valued at $3,500. Entry was gained by breaking a front window, reports stated.
* A resident in the 3100 block of Louise Avenue reported a chipper and aluminum brake were stolen between June 25 and July 8 from his backyard while he was away on vacation. Total loss was $1,562, reports stated.
* A resident in the 2500 block of Pine Marsh Drive told police numerous tools and two bicycles were stolen July 9 from his garage. The man said he left the garage door open about a foot from the ground. When he returned, the garage door was all the way to the ground. When he opened the door, he found the items had been stolen. Total loss was $7,310, reports stated.