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Poland Middle School teacher is charged with complicity in a robbery

Published: Thu, October 3, 2013 @ 5:00 p.m.

Poland Middle School teacher is charged with complicity in a robbery outside of a Boardman business


A Poland Middle School teacher is charged with complicity in a robbery outside of a Boardman business.

Irene Consiglio, 46, of Canfield, a special education teacher for Poland schools and the middle school track coach, is accused of being the driver in the robbery occurring outside of the Market Street Sandwich Factory on Oct. 2.

At 6:45 p.m. Boardman police responded to the robbery. The female victim told police she was just getting into her car when an unknown white male approached her and grabbed her purse, forcing her to the ground, according to the report.

The victim suffered injuries to her head, elbow and hands and did not see the man leave the scene with her purse. The victim had $900 cash in her purse, checks, debit and credit cards.

Witnesses in the area also heard and saw the crime take place. One witness ran after the man, but could not catch him before he got into a gray vehicle with a temporary tag.

At 6:53 p.m., Boardman police stopped a silver Hyundai with a temporary tag, which matched the description of the vehicle leaving the scene of the robbery.

The vehicle was pulled over on U.S. Route 224, but the driver fled the scene.

Eventually the driver, identified as Consiglio, pulled over into the Blue Wolf Tavern Banquet lot on Lockwood Boulevard.

The officer believed there was only one occupant in the car, but as they stopped, a male jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods by the banquet center.

Officers chased the suspect and the woman was arrested.

Although the suspect was tracked, he was not found.

Witnesses who saw the vehicle leave the robbery identified the car stopped at the banquet center as the getaway car.

One witness also identified Consiglio as the driver of the vehicle.

The victim’s purse was recovered from underneath the driver’s seat.

Consiglio is charged with two felony offenses: fleeing and eluding and complicity to robbery.

Consiglio gave the police the name of the male suspect who is still being sought.

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