Grove City: Man trying to do laundry loses car he left running

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A Russells Point man reported his car valued at $10,000 was stolen June 21 from a motel on the 1900 block of Stringtown Road.

The man said he drove his car to the main building of the motel at 9:50 p.m. to do his laundry. He said he left the car running while he made trips in and out of the laundry room. At 9:59 p.m., he was returning to his car to get the final bag of laundry when he saw the vehicle being driven through the parking lot around the west side of the building. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the car.

In other recent Grove City police reports:

* A Grove City man told police June 22 his trailer valued at $2,000 was stolen between April 1 and June 2 from a storage facility on the 4000 block of Marlane Drive.

The trailer was full of hand tools valued at $5,000 when it was stolen, reports stated.

* The owner of a Richwood construction company reported a construction trailer was broken into June 19 while it was parked at a hotel on the 3900 block of Jackpot Road. Numerous tools and some air compressors were stolen. Total loss was $7,500, according to reports.

On June 20, a Valparaiso, Indiana, man reported a laptop computer and work clothes valued together at $900 were stolen from his work vehicle while he was staying at the same hotel.

* Officers responded at 10:48 a.m. June 22 to an apartment on the 4200 block of Kathryn Place where a burglary had occurred.

When they arrived, the officers observed the rear door of the apartment had been forced open. They entered the house and made contact with a resident, who said she had been in her upstairs bathroom and heard a loud noise. She said she left the bathroom and saw an unknown man run out of her bedroom and down the stairs before exiting the apartment.

The woman said several items were missing, including a box of jewelry, a bracelet, a necklace, a video-game system and an external hard drive. The items were valued at $1,130, reports stated.

* A resident of the 3100 block of Scenic Way reported June 21 items were stolen from his car overnight while it was parked in his driveway. The stolen items included a wallet containing $450 in cash and credit cards and several tools. The items were valued at $630.

The man said he contacted his banks and learned his credit cards had been used to make purchases totaling more than $1,000 at several stores.

* A resident of the 2600 block of Eugene Avenue told police a shotgun, valued at $499, was stolen June 18 from a tent he had set up outside his house. He said he was away from the property about 15 minutes and when he returned, he found the tent had been cut open and the gun missing.

* A resident of the 2600 block of Glendale Road told police she was the victim of a scam on June 16. She said someone contacted her work email claiming to be her supervisor from work and said they needed her to buy $1,000 worth of Ebay cards for work purposes. She said she believed it was her supervisor, so she went to a store and purchased the cards. She then texted photographs of the fronts of the card and their numbers from the back to a number the person gave her. She said she later was told by coworkers the email was a scam and her supervisor did not make the request.

* A resident of the 2800 block of Greenspire Way told police June 21 that several items belonging to the company for which he works were stolen overnight from his car. The estimated value of the items was $3,000, although the company still was putting together a complete list at the time of the report.

* A resident of the 5900 block of Cityplace Drive told police her car was stolen June 21. She said she parked her car in front of her garage at 2 a.m. and discovered it was missing at 9:19 a.m.

* An employee of a Pickerington landscaping company reported a blower and weed trimmer were stolen June 15 from his company truck while it was parked on the 2000 block of Stringtown Road. Total loss was $700, reports stated.

* A woman told police she observed a juvenile throw a burning object June 17 at the Monterey Elementary School building, 3811 Hoover Road. The woman said the incident occurred at 6:15 p.m. while she was sitting on her front porch.

She said the juvenile was one of three boys who were riding bicycles. The fire quickly went out, but it left a black spot on the school lawn.

Officers found a large black mark on the west wall of the building and observed some of the grass near the wall was burnt. A detective sergeant was called to the scene and Jackson Township Fire Department sent an arson investigator to assist.

* A Jonesboro, Georgia, man told police a radio, a pair of tennis shoes, a backpack and $1,160 in cash were stolen June 17 from his car while he was staying at a hotel on the 1800 block of Stringtown Road.