LISBON — An East Palestine man believed to have lured a pizza delivery driver to his residence just so he could steal the driver’s vehicle has been indicted by the grand jury.
Brian F. Buckley, 27, of Wood Street, was served this week with a secret indictment charging him with receiving stolen property and violating an order issued by the state health director.
According to officials, Buckley called the Pizza Joe’s in town on March 28 and ordered a pizza for delivery. The driver arrived at the Wood Street address but no one answered the front door. Meanwhile, Buckley reportedly came around from the back of the house and drove away in the delivery person’s Nissan Rogue, which was later recovered on Belmont Avenue, Youngstown.
The receiving stolen property charge is a fourth-degree felony, the same as stealing a vehicle. The charge of violating a state health director order is a second-degree misdemeanor. At the time of the alleged crime, residents had been ordered to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other court news, secret indictments were served on:
— Michael W. Hall, 40, Belmar Street, East Liverpool, charging him with aggravated drug possession. He was found with meth on Nov. 19, 2019.
— Michele N. Thorne, 30, St. George Street, East Liverpool, charged with child endangering.