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Theft charges


Police charged two people with attempting to steal a yard tool from Tractor Supply Co., 6225 Mahoning Ave.

According to police, Michael Burns, 34, and Mindy Sierra, 33, both of Niles, were caught by store employees Sunday attempting to steal a grass and weed trimmer. Burns partially broke a fence in order to shove the tool underneath it for him to place in his truck. Sierra was the lookout for Burns as he did so, according to police.

Employees were alerted when an alarm went off at the fence. Burns and Sierra left the store but were soon caught. The trimmer was recovered.

Burns is charged with theft, and Sierra is charged with complicity to theft.

Man eludes capture


A man managed to elude capture after running from officers during an East Side traffic stop about 11:45 p.m. Monday on North Garland Avenue near McGuffey Road.

Officers pulled over a car driven by Sharell Williams, 22, of Plaza View Court for making an improper turn and made her and her male passenger get out because of a strong smell of burning marijuana, reports said.

An officer asked the male passenger if he had anything in his pockets, and the man pulled out some pills and a marijuana cigarette and began smashing them with his foot and trying to push them under the car. The officer grabbed the man’s arm but he managed to break away and run.

Police chased him on foot to a wooded area behind a home in the 800 block of North Garland Avenue, where they lost him. Police found several pills in the car when they searched it.

Williams is charged with possession of dangerous drugs and was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

Items at pawn shop


Township police were sent to the department’s lobby Monday afternoon after a woman claimed her daughter, who has drug- related issues, stole $9,350 worth of jewelry and pawned it at an Austintown pawn shop.

The woman told police her daughter was taking classes at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown but has stopped. The woman was advised by a pawn shop employee the jewelry had been coming to the business since January. She also was given a list of the pawned or sold items, according to a report.

The woman was told the items could not be sold back to her because she was not the person who pawned them. Police advised the woman to hire an attorney.

Home burglarized


A city woman returned from a weekend away to find the front door of her Juanita Avenue home destroyed, her back door unlocked, and her security light disabled.

Police reported that after a preliminary search of the house early Tuesday morning, the victim was missing two televisions, an iPad, a bracelet and a wedding ring. The estimated value of the stolen items is $5,800. Detectives are investigating.

Device causes fire


Fire reports say an “incendiary device” was thrown against the side of a vacant 338 Crandall Ave. home on the North Side about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Crews who arrived found the device had been thrown through an open window and dug out the window frame to put the fire out.

Damage is listed at $1,000. No one was injured.

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