Candy Bar Theft Could Lead to 18-Months in Prison

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EASTLAKE, Ohio — A man’s sweet tooth leads to him facing some serious charges out of Lake County.

According to Lt. Tom Angelo with the Eastlake Police Department, officers were called to the Eastlake Walmart on Monday at 3:16 p.m., for a shoplifter who had stole a candy bar and cookies. Angelo says the cost of items totaled around $2.00.

According to Angelo, Brent Loparo, 22, was being held by store security on suspicion of petty theft, when he was frisked. The search of Loparo’s person turned up drugs and instruments used for drug abuse.

Angelo would not disclose the drugs that Loparo was in possession of at the time of his arrest, due to Eastlake Police’s ongoing investigation, but a search of Loparo’s case docket in Willoughby Municipal Court shows that he was arraigned on a felony possession of heroin charge on Tuesday.

According to Ohio’s Revised Code, a felony drug conviction carries the possibility of a maximum 18-month prison sentence.

Loparo posted bond and awaits a preliminary hearing on the charges on September 4th.