Grove City police officers were dispatched at 11:05 a.m. April 6 on a report of a disturbance at a store on the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.
A store employee reported some juveniles were in the store and riding electric carts, knocking items off shelves, and perhaps had taken and eaten food from the store's deli, reports stated.
The suspects left the store in a vehicle that police learned had been reported stolen earlier in the day to Columbus police. As the Grove City officers arrived in the area, a police sergeant observed the vehicle around Parkway Center East at Stringtown Road and Buckeye Parkway.
The sergeant followed the vehicle in an unmarked car west onto Stringtown Road. The officers in marked cruisers pulled behind the suspect vehicle and one of them initiated a traffic stop.
The suspect vehicle pulled slightly to the right and began to stop but then sped away and headed south on Interstate 71 from Stringtown.
The vehicle later was spotted by an officer on London Groveport Road, where it ran a red light to get onto Interstate 71 and head north at a high rate of speed, according to reports. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in the area initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued at a high rate of speed through the construction area on I-71 onto westbound Interstate 270.
The vehicle eventually was stopped by officers from the highway patrol, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Franklin Township police at I-270 and U.S. Route 62. Several juveniles were detained.
The 16-year-old driver was found to be on probation for robbery, reports stated. He had removed an ankle monitor, according to the highway patrol.
A resident on the 1200 block of Brentnell Avenue, Columbus, had reported the vehicle stolen at 4:24 a.m. April 6.
According to a report posted on the Columbus Division of Police's website, the Columbus resident said the suspects entered his house and asked for a ride. While the victim was driving, one of the suspects grabbed him from behind and demanded he get out of the vehicle. The victim said he complied after hearing one of the suspects mention having a gun. The suspects then fled in the vehicle.
The online report does not list any charges that have been filed in the case.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A supervisor at the Buckeye Ranch, 5665 Hoover Road, reported a juvenile resident at the facility broke two windows, causing $1,160 in damage. A criminal-damaging charge was filed, reports stated.
* A 49-year-old Columbus woman was charged April 3 with a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a Grove City police officer's license-plate reader discovered the suspect was driving a stolen car.
The alert sounded at 4:15 p.m. April 3 as the officer passed the vehicle that was parked in a lot on the 1600 block of Stringtown Road.
The officer observed the vehicle leave the lot and travel west on Stringtown. He verified the car was entered as stolen from a car-rental agency at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
The officer stopped the vehicle on the 1900 block of Stringtown and arrested the woman. The woman had rented the car about two months earlier but had not returned it to the airport, according to reports.
During an inventory of the vehicle, the officer found a jar of marijuana in the glove box. The woman's driver's license also was found to be under suspension. She was issued a citation for driving under suspension and a Grove City mayor's-court summons for drug abuse.
* Officers responded at 2:30 a.m. April 5 to a report of two men attempting to break into vehicles on the 3400 block of Gateway Lakes Drive. The dispatcher advised officers the men had left the area in a vehicle and gave a description of their car.
One of the officers turned north onto Jackpot Road and passed the suspect vehicle as it was heading south. The vehicle approached the intersection of Jackpot and Stringtown roads as the officer attempted to turn around to identify the car. Another officer turned onto Jackpot Road as the vehicle approached the intersection and observed two men matching the description of the suspects inside the car.
The second officer drove behind the vehicle as it proceeded west on Stringtown Road and then headed toward northbound I-71. The officer turned on his overhead lights and siren to try to stop the vehicle, but the car proceeded down the ramp onto the interstate traveling at a high rate of speed, according to reports. The officer did not pursue the vehicle and radioed the direction of travel to Columbus police. Another officer spoke with the man who called in the original report.
He said he had heard something outside his apartment and looked out his window and observed one of the men looking into cars in the parking lot. He said the man walked to the driver's-side door of his vehicle and knelt down. The caller said he yelled to the suspect, who quickly walked away. The caller said he attempted to run after the man, but the man entered the suspect vehicle and fled.
The caller said the suspect did not gain entry to his car.
Officers were unable to identify the license-plate number on the suspect car, report stated.