Two arrested in attempted store break-in

WARREN — Two men were arrested after an attempted break-in Sunday morning at the Dawlah Discount Mart store at 1104 Palmyra Road SW.

Officers found the two men about 2:50 a.m. in front of the store, where the police report states they were trying to hide two weapons — a Highpoint 9mm and a Smith and Wesson .22 caliber pistol.

The owner of the store said he monitored the two men on his security video, watching them try to pry a screen off the front window. No entry was made to the store, the report states.

The video also caught one of the men fire the 9mm weapon into the air, the report states. Police also found more than two bars of Xanax in the front pocket of one of the men, the report states.

Arrested were Angelo Ficke, 18, of Youngstown, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a felony and carrying a concealed weapon, and Spencer Morrell, 19, of Salem, on charges of attempt to commit a felony and carrying a concealed weapon, the report states.

Both men were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday before Warren Municipal Judge Terry Ivanchak. Both were ordered held in Trumbull County Jail pending the posting of $15,000 bond, records show.

Ficke posted bond and was released from jail Monday afternoon, records show, while Morrell remained in custody as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Court records show Morrell to be back in court Monday, while Ficke is expected to face Ivanchak again Dec. 7.

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