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2 city residents face charges of shoplifting from Boardman Macy’s

Published: Sat, July 23, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report


Shoplifting incidents led to felony charges against two people.

A Youngstown man accused of aggravated robbery will remain in jail until his first court appearance Tuesday.

Hubbie Lee McMeans, 49, of Delason Avenue, Youngstown, is charged with theft, aggravated robbery and assault stemming from an incident that began as a shoplifting case at Southern Park Mall.

Poilce said McMeans is accused of taking purses valued at $460 from Macy’s about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and running out of the store into the parking lot when a loss-prevention officer confronted him.

Reports state that the shoplifter then carjacked a man at the Family Christian Bookstore, 7415 Market Street, which is near the mall parking lot, and threatened the car’s driver with a gun.

The driver handed the suspect his keys, and the suspect sat in the driver’s seat before running back to Macy’s, hiding under a rack of clothing, and then fleeing into Dillard’s, according to reports.

Police said McMeans was apprehended at gunpoint in the Dillard’s parking lot as he was trying to persuade a woman to give him a ride.

During his booking, McMeans repeatedly made reference to a drug addiction causing him to act this way.

Later that day, a 28-year-old Youngstown woman was arrested on shoplifting charges from Macy’s at about 6:30 p.m.

Nicole L. DeGenaro, of Mahoning Avenue, is charged with felony theft and criminal tools. Police said a store employee saw a woman select 10 pieces of jewelry valued at $930 and conceal it in her purse, which was lined with tin foil.

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