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Dec 19

6 tips to avoid vehicle theft this holiday season

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 9:29 AM by Laura Oldham

Theft reports are on the rise this holiday season. We have some tips from GHPD for your consideration, so that hopefully you do not fall victim to a thief:

1. Lock your cars doors. A vast majority of vehicle entries in Grandview Heights occur when the vehicle is left unsecured. Though it does occur, we rarely see forced entry into a vehicle.

2. Do not leave a spare car or house key inside the vehicle. Most of the vehicles stolen in this area contained a spare key.

3. Remove all valuables from your vehicle. Do not leave electronics, purses, wallets, laptops, firearms, and other valuables in the vehicle. Even electronic cords, adapters or chargers may be enough to entice a thief.

4. Keep your car clear of empty boxes, bags, or containers. Leaving these items visible could further attract the attention of a thief hoping there are valuables inside.

5. Attempt to park in areas that are well lighted and highly visible. Thieves work in and out of the shadows. This includes residential properties. Maintaining the outdoor lighting on a residence is also very important.

6. Close and secure garage doors. Similar to our vehicle reports, most of the breaking and enterings reported to us are due to the garage being unsecured.

Lastly, “If you see something, say something.” Often times, our first instinct is correct. Even if you do not want to file an official report, please call the police department at 614-488-7901, so that we are aware and can address the issue appropriately.

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Dec 15

Arrest warrant filed on theft suspect

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 2:49 PM by Laura Oldham

A misdemeanor arrest warrant has been filed for Robert D. Smith, 30, of Columbus, in connection with the theft of an electronic device from a vehicle in the 1300 block of W. Second Ave on December 13, 2016. If anyone knows of Smith’s location, please contact the Grandview Heights Police Department at 614-488- 7901.

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Dec 12

Theft suspects wanted

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 10:51 AM by Laura Oldham

On October, 30, 2016, officers were dispatched on a suspicious person attempting to enter vehicles parked along W. 2nd Ave and Hollywood. Joey Rood, 28 of Columbus, was located in the area and matched the description given to officers. He was subsequently charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. A report for breaking and entering was reported shortly thereafter by another victim. The area was processed for evidence and the results of the criminal investigation have led to the filing of a felony arrest warrant for breaking and entering on Rood.

On December 8, 2016, officers took a theft report from a resident on Oxley Rd. The investigation has led to a misdemeanor arrest warrant being filed for Taz D. Hook, 23 of Columbus, for receiving stolen property. Additional felony charges are pending on Hook.

Rood and Hook are friends and have been known to travel together. If either individual is seen, or if you are aware of their location, please contact the Grandview Heights Police Department at 614-488-7901.

Joey Rood

Taz Damion Hook

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