Register thief in custody

EAST LIVERPOOL – A man local police suspect of robbing an Avondale Street store last week was taken into custody in Beaver County, Pa. Tuesday, driving a car that had been reported stolen in the city a short time earlier.

Herbert “Buddy” Jones III, West Eighth Street, was charged by Center Township Police in Aliquippa with retail theft, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

According to reports from that department, an officer was investigating another case at the local Walmart when he saw a man – later identified as Jones – pushing a shopping cart with merchandise inside. Jones left the cart and began running into the parking lot and entering a Dodge Intrepid, he reported.

The officer caught up to Jones, who had started the car, and reached into the vehicle up to his waist, but Jones accelerated and moved the vehicle about 10 feet with the officer still half-way inside.

The officer was able to remove the keys, open the door and use physical force to remove Jones from the car, placing him on the ground to handcuff him, according to reports.

While patting down Jones for his safety, the officer reported finding a suspected crack pipe in his pocket.

He checked and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen from East Liverpool at 4:30 p.m. Thursday by Jason F. Walker, Harvey Avenue, who told city police he had run into his house to change his shoes and came back out to find a man with shaggy dark hair getting into the vehicle, waving at him as he drove off.

After placing Jones into his vehicle, the Center Township officer confiscated his backpack in which he reported finding two hypodermic needles, two pipes with burned residue on the tips, copper wire ChoreBoy, and a spoon with burn markings.

A loss prevention officer from Walmart provided a receipt showing the goods recovered from the shopping cart were valued at $642 and also provided a surveillance video of the incident.

East Liverpool detectives said they sent a felony theft warrant for Jones to the Beaver County Jail, where he was taken following his arrest in Center Township regarding the theft of a cash register last Thursday from Gilkinson’s Short Stop.

Just minutes prior to that theft, employees of the Walnut Street Dollar General had reported a man matching Jones’ description had attempted to take the register from their store but was chased off.

Detectives said it is possible evidence may be presented to the grand jury in regard to additional incidents they believe may have involved Jones.