CRIME Police pursue suspect in pharmacy break-in
The man is believed to be drug-dependent, armed and dangerous.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police say a 33-year-old man who led them on a two-county chase Tuesday might be responsible for a break-in at Cornersburg Family Discount Drug on Canfield Road on Thursday night.
The suspect escaped with undetermined amounts of Wellbutrin, an anti-depressant, and Doxycycline, an antibiotic, according to police reports.
Police suspect Christopher P. Aczel, who has multiple addresses in Canfield and Youngstown, of breaking and entering at a number of other pharmacies in the past few months.
Aczel is a prime suspect for the break-in at 3307 Canfield Road because the circumstances fit with his "snatch and grab" method of breaking through windows at stores with little security, spokesman Lt. Robin Lees said.
Police believe that Aczel is drug-dependent because he attempts to take Schedule II narcotics, drugs with a high potential for abuse.
Aczel faces three counts of felonious assault on a police officer and a charge of fleeing and eluding.
The felonious assault charges stem from Tuesday's chase, when a Jeep driven by Aczel rammed an unmarked cruiser containing three officers at Tippecanoe Road and U.S. Route 62.
Officers of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force had attempted to serve a search warrant on Aczel, who pulled to the side of the road when they stopped the Jeep before speeding away.
The pursuit led officers to a wooded area in Portage County where Aczel stopped his vehicle and fled on foot.
Police consider Aczel armed and dangerous and say he carries at least one pistol. They advise anyone who spots him to contact 911 and request police assistance.
Anyone with information on Aczel's whereabouts should contact Canfield police at (330) 533-2017 or (330) 533-4903.