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Not guilty plea entered in city robbery

Police accuse Niles resident of taking dough from Youngstown Road bakery

WARREN — A Niles man pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery Tuesday in Warren Municipal Court in connection to a robbery Monday at Warren Baking Co., according to police and court records.

According to a report, an employee of the bakery, 2216 Youngstown Road SE, said she saw a man climb over the front counter and grab the cash register. When she tried to stop him, he pushed her and smashed the register on the floor.

The man took the money, ran out of the front door and rode a bicycle away on Youngstown Road, the report states.

A witness told police he saw a man taking the money from the register as he walked into the bakery and threw a piece of pizza crust at the man. The witness followed the man onto Hazelwood Avenue SE, but lost him, the report states.

Two police officers spotted a man who fit the description and chased him before taking a man into custody, the report states. He was returned to the bakery and identified by the witness as the man who took the money, the report states. Police found the man had the missing money, $179, the report states.

Charged in the robbery is Alexander Lough, 40, 1433 Kearney St., Niles, who is being held in the Trumbull County Jail without bond. He is due back in court Oct. 27.

Lough also faces two breaking and entering charges filed Oct. 5 in Warren Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charges also heard Tuesday. Hearings for those cases are expected to be at the same time next week as the aggravated robbery case hearing, according to court records.

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