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Suspect flees but can't make a clean getaway



Published: Tue, April 26, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Bond was set at $10,000 at arraignment in municipal court.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- An off-duty Mahoning County deputy sheriff driving home early Monday saw a man leave Kirkmere Cleaners carrying a white object that turned out to be a cash register.

Clyde Dooley Jr., 38, of Indianola Avenue, Boardman, was arrested after a brief car chase and arraigned a short time later on a charge of breaking and entering.

Around 2 a.m. Monday, Deputy Henry Budaker noticed the glass on the front door was broken at the Canfield Road business. Budaker pulled into the lot and spotted the suspect in a white stocking cap, who fled in a green Honda.

Budaker called police and gave the car's description and its license number. As it sped away, the car drove over the sidewalk and devil strip along the east side of the building and headed north on Bears Den Road.

Patrolman Tony Vitullo, driving west on Mahoning Avenue, spotted the Honda and followed, losing sight of the car for a few minutes during the pursuit near Eleanor Avenue. Detective Sgt. John Payne joined the chase and the car was stopped near McKinley Avenue.

Dooley was arrested after Budaker came to the scene and identified him as the man seen leaving Kirkmere Cleaners. Dooley told police he noticed the broken door glass and went inside the business but didn't say why and denied carrying out a white object.

Register found

Detective Sgt. Kevin Mercer drove to the area of Mahoning and Eleanor and saw a white Sharp cash register in the parking lot behind 1639 Mahoning. The cash register was broken open with coins scattered nearby.

A crime lab officer collected $16.97 in coins. The owner of the cleaners identified the cash register as his.

A search of the Honda turned up a white stocking cap on the floor board that matched what Budaker had seen the suspect wearing.

Dooley was arraigned Monday in municipal court. Judge Robert P. Milich set bond at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing for May 2.

Police said a chunk of asphalt was used to break the 4-foot-by-7-foot double-safety door glass at the cleaners.

The Honda was towed and held for detectives.

meade@vindy.com




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