EAST LIVERPOOL - Two local men are in custody, charged Monday in connection to a weekend break-in at the BP UniMart on Dresden Avenue.
Charged with breaking and entering by city police were James D. Heath, 20, College Street and Scott Chaffee, 19, Minerva Street, each of whom will appear in East Liverpool Municipal Court today.
According to detectives, a boat anchor was thrown through the back window of the gas station early Sunday morning with a variety of items taken, including lottery tickets.
The company de-activated the bundle of lottery tickets. Sunday, two men tried to cash in two tickets at Crawford's Market, and police were called.
Patrolman Greg Smith responded and took photos of the video screen and sent them to all officers on patrol, and within five minutes Patrolman Steve Adkins located Heath and Chaffee and took them into custody.
Detectives Don Fickes and Rob Smith interviewed the two men and Smith was able to obtain a confession from one, leading to the arrest.
A witness reported seeing the suspects in the alley near BP, throwing something onto the roof of Milligan's warehouse.
With the assistance of the fire department, police discovered clothing and gloves on the roof and also were able to see footprints on the roof of the Farnsworth building adjacent to the BP station, where they said it appeared one of the suspects stood as a lookout while the other broke out the store's window.
Much of the stolen goods were recovered at Heath's College Street residence, according to detectives.
Fickes commended patrolmen Smith and Adkins and Detective Smith for their diligence in finding the suspects and obtaining a confession, saying, "They did an excellent job."