Fence hopping thief caught

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Over the night of Dec. 30 and early morning of Dec. 31 Groveport Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and person lurking around businesses in the Director’s Boulevard, Marketing Place, and Williams Road area.

According to Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams, the suspect was dressed “all in black” as he hopped fences and rummaged through parked cars.

Officers found the suspect’s vehicle, which was loaded with stolen packages from nearby apartments as well as scrap metal allegedly taken from area businesses. A suspect was found later and, pending further investigation, could be bound over to the county grand jury on charges of receiving stolen property.

New Year’s Eve personal fireworks
Adams said New Year’s Eve in Groveport was relatively quiet as there were few complaints and instances of citizens firing off personal fireworks.

Groveport city law completely bans the use of personal fireworks at any time within the city. This means Groveport’s local law is different than current state law that allows individuals to possess consumer grade fireworks and to discharge them on their own property or on another person’s property with permission on the following days: New Year’s Day; Chinese New Year; Cinco de Mayo; Memorial Day weekend; Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and 5 and the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding and following; Labor Day weekend, Diwali; and New Year’s Eve.

However, state law permits local governments to restrict the dates and times when individuals may discharge consumer grade fireworks or to impose a complete ban on the use of consumer grade fireworks.

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