Man breaks into Austintown eatery

Police: In process of cooking pasta

AUSTINTOWN — A man accused by police of breaking into Chad Anthony’s Italian Grille says he was inside the restaurant after hours simply to make himself a meal.

When police arrived at the Mahoning Avenue restaurant shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, they found a man had taken cooked pasta from a refrigerator, turned on the deep fryer and was “in the process of cooking the pasta,” according to a police report. The report states the amount of pasta was about 4 ounces, and it was capellini pasta.

“He stated he was hungry and was merely cooking himself dinner,” the report states. “He continued to state that he did nothing wrong, and to ‘give him a break.'”

Charged with breaking and entering in connection was Gary F. Robertson, 68, 4577 Kirk Road, Austintown. He is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $2,500 following his first appearance Wednesday in Austintown court. Because the charge is felony, an automatic plea of not guilty was entered for Robertson.

The report states police found a screen door lying on the floor inside the restaurant “as if it was forced open and knocked off the hinges,” but there was no damage to the exterior door. The man told police he found a door was open and went inside, but an employee told police the screen door was forced in, the report states.