Grove City: Stop for pizza delivery turns into robbery incident

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A Grove City man told police a boy robbed him Aug. 30 after indicating he had a gun.

The victim said the incident occurred at 10:10 p.m. after he arrived to deliver pizzas to a residence on the 2500 block of Kingston Avenue. He said he was getting ready to knock on the door when he noticed the boy getting into the driver's seat of his car.

The victim approached the car and yelled to the boy and then pulled him out of the car.

The boy began to walk away, but the victim told police he continued to yell after him. He said the boy turned around, asked him if he wanted to be robbed and reached into the waistband of his pants as if he had a gun.

The victim backed up against his car as the boy approached him. The boy picked up the delivery-warming bags the victim had dropped near the car and took the two pizzas, garlic bread and bottle of soda that were inside. He left walking northwest on Kingston.

A short while later, police located a boy matching the suspect's description walking with a girl and carrying pizza in the area of Joyce and Queensway drives.

Officers identified the boy and arrested and charged him with robbery. He was taken to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center.

In other recent Grove City police reports:

* A representative of a company on the 3400 block of Urbancrest told police Aug. 31 the company believes a female employee stole $10,198 from the business. The thefts occurred between Oct. 28, 2019, and May 5, 2020. The woman allegedly stole the money by filing false returns and giving herself unauthorized discounts on products, reports stated.

* The manager of a business on the 4100 block of Buckeye Parkway reported a man came into the building at 1:16 p.m. Aug. 31 and asked to look at a tennis bracelet. He grabbed five-carat diamond bracelet, valued at 6,999, and ran out of the store, according to reports.

* A Girard, Ohio, man told police a woman he met stole his cellphone, valued at $1,000. He said he had spent time with the woman the night of Aug. 28 and that at midnight she drove him back to his hotel on the 3900 block of Jackpot Road.

The man said he realized after getting out of the car that his cellphone was missing from his shirt pocket. When he began to walk back to the car, the woman sped off. He said he believes she somehow took the phone from his pocket before he exited her car, according to reports.

* An employee of a Sharon Center, Ohio, company told police Aug. 26 that tools valued at $7,400 were stolen overnight from his work truck parked at a hotel on the 4100 block of Marlane Drive.

* A resident of the 2200 block of Presley Drive reported a briefcase, containing Native American necklaces and a ring, was stolen from her father's car Aug. 26 while it was parked in her driveway. Total loss was $2,400, reports stated.

* A resident on the 5900 block of Riggs Avenue told police Aug. 26 his nephew's car was broken into overnight while it was parked at his house. An amplifier and speakers were stolen. Total loss was $700, reports stated.

* A resident on the 1300 block of Iron Wood Drive reported Aug. 27 that his car valued at $10,000 was stolen overnight from his driveway.