Register thief has list of other crimes

EAST LIVERPOOL – A West Eighth Street man was questioned in a Pennsylvania jail by city detectives and has reportedly confessed to several local crimes.

Detectives said Herbert “Buddy” Jones III, 26, was interviewed Thursday in the Beaver County, Pa., jail and confessed to not only the June 12 theft of a cash register from Gilkinson’s Short Stop on Avondale Street but an attempt to take the cash register moments before at the Walnut Street Dollar General.

In addition, they said, he admitted having hidden in Maxi’s Lunchbox on Harvey Avenue June 2 after employees left and stealing from that business. Owners had reported the theft at that time, noting there was no sign of forced entry.

Finally, Jones reportedly admitted stealing the vehicle of Jason F. Walker from in front of Walker’s house last Thursday. Walker had told officers he ran inside to change shoes and came back out to find a man getting into the car and driving off, waving at him.

Jones reportedly drove the car to the Center Township Walmart in Aliquippa, Pa., where he attempted to steal a shopping cart filled with more than $642 worth of goods.

A police officer on another case saw Jones with the cart and managed to get the vehicle stopped, charging him with the merchandise theft, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia due to items reportedly found on his person and in his backpack.

According to city detectives, they have placed a detainer on him, meaning once he is released in Beaver County, he will be returned to East Liverpool to face charges of theft for the cash register and car and breaking and entering, all felonies.