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Lowe’s theft valued at $1,400

WARREN – Police are investigating a theft of merchandise valued at more than $1,400 last weekend from a local home improvement store that may have been part of a string of such incidents from other chain stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

Warren police were called Tuesday morning to take a theft report at Lowe’s, 940 Niles Cortland Road SE. The store’s security manager said someone stole a benchtop planer and a tankless water heater about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The police report states the male suspect was dropped off at the store by a Dodge Grand Caravan with Florida license plates. He loaded the Dewalt-brand planer, valued at $499, onto a skid and went to the exit, to show a receipt to a store employee. The security manager explained the receipt was for a planer, but it was from a different store.

The man loaded the planer into the Grand Caravan that was parked in front, the report states, and the vehicle went to the nearby Sam’s Club lot.

The man then walked back into the Lowe’s and loaded a A.O. Smith tankless water heater, valued at $949, onto a skid, and walked out without paying, the security manager told police.

The water heater was loaded into the Dodge van that returned to the front, and the suspects drove off.

The security manager told police that the suspect is one of three wanted for other crimes in the Warren store, and that the three are also involved in stealing from other Lowe’s stores in three states.

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