METRO DIGEST || Jewelry stolen

Jewelry stolen


A total of $93,680 worth of jewelry was stolen Tuesday from Jewels & More in Southern Park Mall, 7401 Market St.

Police said a man entered the store, selected a ball-and-chain gold necklace valued at $20,400, a gold cross with yellow diamonds valued at $18,000, a gold chain worth $12,480, a “Miami Cuban chain-link necklace” worth $16,800 and a white gold bracelet with yellow and white diamonds valued at $26,000. He then took out his wallet as if to pay for the merchandise, put the jewelry on and fled from the store.

Two men who witnessed the suspect fleeing the building followed him and tackled him. The suspect then broke free. Township police recovered the suspect’s cellphone, which he dropped when he was tackled. He is described as a black male in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150-170 pounds, with short hair and wearing a black T-shirt with a white design.

Fire damages house


A fire about 5:10 a.m. Wednesday caused $10,000 damage to a vacant home at 53 Saranac Ave. on the North Side. Fire officials listed arson as the cause. Reports said firefighters managed to get inside through a front door and confined the blaze to the back of the home and an attic.

Men report robbery


Two men told police they were robbed at gunpoint about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday at Michigan Avenue and the West Bound Service Road on the North Side.

The men, a 22-year-old from Girard and a 24-year-old from Youngstown, told police they were returning from a bar when the two men, who they spotted earlier walking in the opposite direction, each pulled handguns and took their wallets and a cellphone belonging to one of the men. No one was injured, and the men fled away from the Youngstown State University campus.

St. Elizabeth Hospital police were involved in a brief foot-pursuit with the suspects but lost them in the backyards west of Belmont Avenue, YSU police said.

Burglaries reported


Police are investigating two burglaries reported within a couple of hours late Monday and early Tuesday.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a residence in the 3800 block of Murray Avenue. The homeowner told police that she left her home Friday evening and returned a few hours later to find her flat-screen televisions missing, though there were no signs of forced entry.

At 1:12 a.m. Tuesday, police reported to a residence in the 200 block of 10th Street after being notified of a burglary in progress there. They noticed a broken-out rear basement window and an open side door.

Upon entering the house, officers were met by the 68-year-old homeowner who said he had been awakened by noises and commotion downstairs. His desktop computer, monitor and keyboard were missing, along with numerous ceramic figurines.

Suspects sought in robbery


Police are hoping surveillance video will help them catch two men who robbed two others on a city street, taking a pepperoni roll and a soda pop at gunpoint from one of the victims. Police say the victims were accosted about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday while walking south in the business district. The robbers took the food from one victim and $40 from another.

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