Officer’s diligence pays off in arrest

EAST LIVERPOOL – Three local people are facing charges in Jefferson County after allegedly stealing a car in the city Monday morning and being apprehended in Saline Township a short while later.

Veronica D. Keenan, Rubicon Street, called police at 11:31 a.m. to report she had run into the church at the corner of Saint George and Mulberry streets and came out to find her car missing.

As Patrolman Shawn Long was searching the area for the vehicle, the dispatcher was reporting the license plate number and information over the radio. A caller reported hearing the information on the police scanner in his car and said he was following that vehicle in Wellsville and it was headed into the Yellow Creek area through the Intermodal Park.

Long proceeded into the village and met some witnesses who said the car in question had gone back a dirt road into Yellow Creek. Following the road, Long found the vehicle with three people he knew inside, attempting to turn around underneath the train trestle.

Wellsville and Saline Township police were called for backup, with Saline Township Chief Cliff Utt arriving on the scene as Long ordered the three people out at gunpoint, onto the ground.

Taken into custody by Long were Brenston T. Thompkins, 18, Saint George Street, Brice S. Young, 18, Clark Avenue, Wellsville, and a 17-year-old Streetsboro boy.

The three were taken back to the East Liverpool Police Department for charges, but after conferring with the prosecutor, it was learned they will have to be charged in Jefferson County, where the vehicle was actually located since no one in East Liverpool witnessed it being taken, according to Chief John Lane. He said a charge of receiving stolen property is expected to be filed against them, with the 17-year-old to be charged in Juvenile Court.

Lane commended Long for doing an “excellent job” of locating and apprehending the suspects and Saline Township police for responding quickly to the scene.