The suspect told police he was given the items as payment for heroin.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Detectives were to check today to see if a house in the 500 block of Idora Avenue is missing a large amount of collectible coins, frozen food, assorted jewelry, CDs, a car stereo and more.
Police who arrested Nicholas A. Calloway on Monday night on unrelated traffic and drug charges turned the coins and other items found in his car over to detectives.
Calloway, 23, of Boardman-Canfield Road, was arrested at the house after a police pursuit. Police said he failed to stop for a stop sign and nearly struck their cruiser on West Princeton Avenue about 10 p.m. The officers pursued Calloway to a house in the 2800 block of Firnley Avenue, where he jumped out and ran, dropping a tin with coins in it, reports show.
Calloway, police said, ran to the unoccupied house on Idora and kicked open the front door. Officers said they heard him moving things around upstairs.
Calloway surrendered, and police searched the house. They said they found an assortment of old coins on the living room floor and coins under a mattress in a bedroom where they found Calloway's leather jacket.
In a trash bin outside, police found a bag of suspected marijuana and more old coins.
Calloway told police that one of his heroin customers gave him the coins and the other items.
Police charged him with driving without a valid license, fleeing and eluding, and drug abuse-marijuana. He also was served with a Mahoning County warrant for failure to appear in court on a driving under suspension charge.
Calloway was not charged with breaking and entering the Idora house because police were unable to contact the homeowner.