A Grove City teen who was dog sitting for her neighbors confronted a would-be burglar who broke into the neighbors' residence in the 4100 block of Moore Avenue.
The incident occurred at 5:10 a.m. July 29. The teen's mother called police after her daughter contacted her, stating someone was breaking into their neighbors' house.
The Grove City police dispatcher told the mother to have her daughter call 911, which she did. She stated the suspect was a man wearing a mask, a long-sleeve dark blue sweatshirt and shorts, according to reports.
When officers arrived, the teen had taken the dogs with her into the basement and was on the phone with the dispatcher.
Officers searched the house, but found no one inside.
The teen said the suspect had broken a back-door window to enter the house. She said she discovered the person and got into a physical altercation with the intruder, who punched her in the face. She said she grabbed a knife in the kitchen to protect herself and then ran to the basement to hide with the dogs, according to reports.
Police contacted neighbors, none of whom said they saw or heard anything.
Officers notified the homeowners and asked them to contact police after they returned home.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A Columbus man was charged July 27 with a felony charge of robbery after an incident involving himself and two women.
The man was arrested after an incident that occurred just after 11 p.m. July 26 in the area of Columbus Street and Broadway.
Officers were dispatched to the 3900 block of Broadway after a caller reported a male had struck a female and taken her purse, reports stated. The caller said the man had dropped the purse before getting into a vehicle with the second woman and driving away.
The caller was able to get the car's license-plate number and police stopped the vehicle a short time later on Broadway near Rose Avenue, reports stated.
The victim, a 38-year-old Columbus woman, was taken to Mount Carmel Grove City to receive treatment for minor injuries.
The man told police the woman he was with was attacked by the victim. He said he placed himself between the two women to try to separate them before they fell scuffling in a flower bed area near the sidewalk, according to reports. The man said he picked up the purse thinking it belonged to his companion and dropped it on the ground before they left the scene.
Police interviewed the victim at the hospital. She said she was in a restaurant at the corner of Broadway and Park Street when the other woman accused her of approaching the man. The victim said she left the restaurant but the other woman followed her and she and the other woman began to fight on the sidewalk near the Columbus/Broadway intersection.
She said the man struck her in the face with his knee and took her purse. She said when she retrieved her purse, three bank cards were missing, reports stated.
The man was taken to the Franklin County jail.
His companion, a 42-year-old Columbus woman, was charged with misdemeanor counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and driving under suspension, reports stated.
* An employee of a store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road reported July 25 that a lawn mower had been stolen two days earlier from a display outside the store.
A customer contacted the store and reported observing two men pull up in a cab truck to the curb near the store's main entrance. The truck was towing a trailer. The customer said he saw the men exit the vehicle, cut the security cable from the lawn mower and push the mower into the trailer, according to reports. The men then drove away.
The mower was valued at $3,099, reports stated.
* A Grove City police officer attempted to stop a stolen vehicle July 26 but the driver ignored his lights and siren and drove away.
The officer observed the car at 7:51 p.m. stopped eastbound at a traffic light on Stringtown Road at Gantz Road. When the officer checked the license plate number, the vehicle was listed as being stolen.
The vehicle continued east on Stringtown, turned south onto Parkway Centre Drive, then turned around and started heading north on Parkway Centre Drive toward Stringtown. The driver appeared to be a man and there were two passengers in the car.
The police dispatcher confirmed the car had been reported stolen out of Union County.
As the stolen car approached Stringtown Road, it stopped behind another vehicle that was preparing to turn east onto Stringtown Road from a stop sign. The officer activated his overhead lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop of the stolen car.
The driver of the stolen car pulled around the left side of the stopped vehicle, nearly striking it, the curb and another vehicle that was traveling east on Stringtown.
The officer shut down his emergency equipment and discontinued the traffic stop. The stolen car continued to head east on Stringtown, and the officer lost sight of the car as it neared Buckeye Parkway. The area was searched, but the vehicle was not found.
* A Grove City man told police his wallet and a cellphone, valued at $1,000, were stolen July 26 from his car while it was parked at Scioto Grove Metro Park, 5172 Jackson Pike. The man said the theft occurred between 11:55 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. while he and his wife were taking a walk in the park. They returned to find one of the car's windows had been broken.
* A Villa Hills, Kentucky, man told police July 30 his car was broken into while he was staying at a hotel in the 3900 block of Jackpot Road.
A laptop computer, tennis shoes, a computer case and two calculators were stolen. Total loss was $2,280, reports stated. A window was broken out to gain entry to the vehicle, according to reports.
* Residents on two adjacent streets reported they went out to their cars the morning of July 31 to find items had been taken overnight from the vehicles.
A resident in the 3800 block of Sheldon Avenue said he had left his car unlocked overnight. A book bag containing a laptop computer was stolen. Total loss was $1,500.
A resident in the 3000 block of Barbee Avenue said a cellphone, his wallet and his gold wedding band were stolen from his unlocked car.
* A resident in the 6300 block of Beaver Lake Drive told police July 31 his all-terrain vehicle, valued at $1,500, was stolen from his back yard. The man said a trailer that had been attached to the ATV was detached and left in a neighbor's yard.
* An officer responded just before noon July 25 to a store in the 1600 block of Stringtown Road where a theft had just occurred. An employee reported a juvenile male, wearing a hoodie and who was with a female, had just taken a cellphone, valued at $824, from a store display. The two teens left the store running southbound. An office located the pair in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, but the male was no longer wearing a hoodie. He admitted to taking the cellphone, reports stated. He told police he had taken off his hoodie while fleeing and had thrown the phone down near another restaurant.
The phone was recovered and returned to the store. The male suspect was issued a summons to appear on a theft charge in Franklin County Juvenile Court, according to reports.