Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
6 people arrested in theft of cigarettes
The store's security camera recorded the burglary.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. Six people, including two from Mahoning and Trumbull counties, have been charged in the theft last week of more than 1,300 packs of cigarettes during a burglary at Country Fair on Croton Avenue.
Police arrested and charged the following people from a Parkwood Court apartment:
Debra Shulte, 53, of Youngstown-Hubbard Road, Hubbard, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.
Robert Sudimak, 39, of South Main Street, Austintown, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Billie Harris Gray Jr, 39, of Center Street, New Galilee, Pa., criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Peter Delboverlando, 39, of Fourth Street, Ellwood City, Pa., criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
Theresa Ann Hoffman, 38, of 11th Place, Cape Coral, Fla., criminal conspiracy to commit burglary.
Bradley E. Williams, 18, of Parkwood Court, New Castle, Pa., receiving stolen property.
Police said the front door of the convenience store was smashed and a large boulder was next to it when they were called Thursday morning.
A security video showed that a green Chevrolet Lumina van with Ohio license plates, owned by Shulte, pulled up to the store at 12:42 a.m., and a man got out and smashed the door with a boulder. Two other men got out of the van with garbage cans. Store officials said that 1,300 to 1,400 packs of cigarettes were taken from the store. They were valued at $5,909.
Police later found the van parked on Parkwood Court. Police said it appeared the two back seats had been removed.
Neighbors told police that they had heard noise and the sound of something being dragged from Apartment 1A. The seats from the van also were outside the apartment. Police said the people inside Apartment 1A refused to open the door and police eventually got a search warrant.
Once inside, police found a cold-air-return duct filled with cigarettes.