By Rick Palsgrove
Just before 6 a.m. on Feb. 8, someone arrived at the Groveport Municipal Golf Course, but they were not there for an early tee time, they were there to rob the place.
According to Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short, officers received an alarm notice from the city of Groveport’s golf course building, located at 1005 Richardson Road.
“Upon arrival officers found that two of the pro shop windows had been busted out and suspect(s) had gained entry into the building stealing two cash drawers,” said Short. “Officers collected evidence at the scene including video of a suspect and suspect vehicle.”
According to the police report, police found a brick on the counter of the golf course’s pro shop, which they believe was likely used by the thieves to smash the windows to get in the building. Video from the building’s security camera showed the suspect “appeared to be a skinny white male driving a dark color four door car.” The suspect (s) allegedly took the two cash drawers, which are valued at $250. However, the suspect only found $5 worth of coins in the cash drawers. Later that morning, a Groveport Public Works employee found the cash drawers abandoned near the intersection of Church Street and Hickory Alley.
Then, according to Short, on Feb. 10 at about 3:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Birch Tavern on Main Street on a burglar alarm notice.
“While enroute, Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Guiler spotted a vehicle he believed to be the same vehicle observed in the video from the golf course break in,” said Short. “A traffic stop was made on that vehicle while other officers responded to and checked the Birch, finding that the rear door had been smashed open. During the traffic stop, officers viewed items believed stolen from the Birch inside of the vehicle. The vehicle and items were impounded and both vehicle occupants were arrested.”
Short said the “positive outcome of these incidents is a result of the professionalism, attention to detail, and teamwork of our officers.”
“Meticulous collection of evidence and sharing of pertinent information with our staff is what led to the apprehension,” said Short. “Sgt. Guiler’s awareness and ability to recognize the suspect vehicle, while hastily enroute to a burglary alarm, is just plain good policing.”
Short said the police “also benefitted from the great relationship we have with the awesome Groveport Public Works department. While out working, some of their guys came across a couple of the cash drawers that had been dumped on the side of the road. They quickly called us and we were able to collect that evidence. Our officers take it personally when our local businesses are targeted for any crime. It is very fulfilling to us when we can make arrests and try to restore what our victims have lost.”