Woman, 2 men jailed on charges
The arrests also cleared up a purse-theft case reported earlier.
By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
BOARDMAN -- Police arrested two men and a woman on charges of receiving stolen property and other counts after a report that the trio had taken a remote-controlled toy from a shelf at the Walgreen Drug Store on Market Street at U.S. Route 224.
Arrested were Richard L. McNeal, 40, of Western Reserve Road, Poland; Dana G. Thomas, 51, of East Judson Street, Youngstown; and Karen D. Ewing, 42, of Princeton Avenue, Youngstown.
During the arrests, police found a check, checkbook, credit cards and driver's license of a woman who had recently reported her purse stolen from her shopping cart at a local department store.
An officer on routine patrol said he first spotted the trio in the Sheetz Inc. store at Western Reserve and state Route 7 around 4 a.m. Monday. The store declined to accept a check from the woman, the officer said.
He then saw them at the Walgreen store about 20 minutes later, and shortly thereafter police got a call that the three had removed a remote-controlled car from a shelf and tried to return it to the store and get a gift card.
The officer said he pulled into the Walgreen lot and saw a man later identified as Thomas leave the store and get into McNeal's car.
McNeal and Ewing then came out, with McNeal carrying the remote-controlled car, the officer said.
McNeal was arrested immediately, and a records check showed there were warrants out for Ewing for possession of drug paraphernalia and theft. Police said they found a stolen Ohio driver's license belonging to another woman in her coat pocket.
A records check on Thomas showed an active warrant for passing bad checks, police said.
A search of his clothing turned up a crack pipe and a stolen check belonging to the same woman whose license was found in Ewing's coat pocket, police said.
A search of McNeal's car turned up stolen credit cards and a checkbook belonging to the same woman, police said. They also found an unopened digital recorder in the car where Thomas had been sitting, and a Walgreen employee told them that Thomas had taken it from the store, police said.
Officers said they also found a crack pipe in McNeal's shoe.
McNeal was charged with theft, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia and was being held in Mahoning County jail with bond set at 4,250.
Besides warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and theft, Ewing was charged with receiving stolen property and was being held in jail with bond at 3,750.
Thomas was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and the bad checks warrant. He was being held with bond set at 4,250.
All three were arraigned in Boardman County Court on Tuesday and returned to jail, authorities said.