Burglar nabbed inside store

SALEM – A man was arrested after reportedly being caught by Salem police inside Lease Drug early Monday.

Police arrested the man after responding to an alarm early Monday and a call from a neighbor about a break-in in progress.

Francis E. Shriver, 36, whose last known address was Wintersville and told police he is homeless, was charged with breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools.

Detective Dave Talbert said he believed Shriver’s intent was to get inside, get some pills and sell them, but he tripped the alarm when he broke a window to make entry.

Some residents from a nearby apartment building kept him at bay in the store on North Ellsworth until police arrived.

Police were dispatched at 1:50 a.m. for the alarm activation and then received a call from a resident on North Ellsworth of a confirmed breaking and entering at the drug store, which is located about a block south of East State.

Officers arrived and found the front window shattered and a man standing inside the business with his face covered. He was ordered out of the business and placed down on the ground and taken into custody. Numerous tools belonging to the man were also found at the scene.

According to Talbert, Shriver disclosed the location of more tools he had in the area. Initially he wasn’t cooperating with police regarding his identity, but then provided his information, Talbert said.

Shriver claimed he hitchhiked his way to Salem and was homeless, but Talbert said he wasn’t buying that he was here hitchhiking. He was processed and taken to the county jail.

Shriver appeared on both charges in Columbiana County Municipal Court, with a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 24.

A couple of other break-in attempts were reported at opposite ends of the city, with one in the 1300 block of North Ellsworth and one in the 1300 block of South Lincoln. Entry was not made in either case.