Petty Theft Becomes Felony Robbery for CCW Permit Holder

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Mentor Police arrested a man on Wednesday for stealing several items from a department store, but a gun the man was legally carrying will lead to a significantly more serious charge.

According to Lt. Tim Allen with the Mentor Police Department, Robert E. Young II, 22, of Cleveland, was arrested on a felony robbery charge at the Macy’s Department Store in Mentor after he allegedly took two pairs of earrings and left the store without paying.

Young II was detained by a loss and prevention officer at the store and according to Allen admitted to taking the items.

Allen says that Young II then told the officer that he was legally carrying a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 cal. handgun.

A search of Young II showed that he did have a CCW permit for the weapon.

As a result of Young II carrying the weapon at the time of the robbery, he has been charged with a felony robbery count, which according to Allen carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Allen says that had Young II not been carrying the weapon, he would most likely have faced a charge of petty theft. Which Allen says carries a maximum sentence of 30-days in jail.

Young II was arraigned on the felony robbery charge in Lake County Municipal Court on Thursday.

He remains housed at the Lake County jail on a $50,000 bond.

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