Second man arrested in connection to theft

WARREN — The second man wanted in connection to a heist at a local VFW was arrested early Saturday.

Shawn Squires, 32, 2907 Covington Street, McDonald, was booked into the Trumbull County Jail at 2:27 a.m. on charges of failure to comply and obstructing official business, jail records show. Squires was one of two men wanted in connection to the theft of three safes containing nine vintage rifles, gaming records and up to $15,000 cash from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7200 in West Farmington.

The other, Frank Hilty, 51, was charged with obstructing justice and booked into the Trumbull County Jail just before 10 p.m. Friday, jail records show.

Hilty and Squires have not been charged in the theft, but are considered persons of interest, according to police. The three safes were stolen last weekend from the VFW in West Farmington after thieves smashed through a concrete wall with a sledge-hammer, investigators said.

The Trumbull County Sheriffs Office then got word the stolen items were in a house in Weathersfield Township, and police arrived at the house on Emerson Avenue Tuesday morning to see Hilty and Squires loading items into a car.

After obtaining a warrant, police were able to recover two small safes and a large gun safe that had been taken. The safes were destroyed, and the money and guns were missing. The nine guns were later found in a field close to where police found the car that the men drove off in.

Hilty and Squires both have lengthy criminal backgrounds, investigators said, noting the two haven’t been charged with the break-in, just with the incident that happened on Tuesday.

They could make their first appearance in court as early as Monday.