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Men Accused of Stealing Meat to buy Heroin

The following information was provided by the Twinsburg Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Two men were arrested in connection with stealing nearly $450 in meat from on Darrow Road on June 16.

John Fowkes, 33, of Garfield Heights, was charged with petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor and Nicholas Granger, 26, of Aurora, was charged with obstruction of justice and possession of narcotics equipment.

A store employee called police when a man left the store with a cart full of meat out the doors and then running across the parking lot.

Police eventually found Fowkes behind the where he was arrested. Officers immediately noticed puncture marks on his arms. He admitted to shoplifting, according to the report.

Back in the Giant Eagle parking lot, officers noticed a car idling in the parking lot with a man sitting at the wheel. When they asked what he was waiting for, he said his girlfriend was inside.

Fowkes told police he came to the store with Granger and that he was his accomplice.

Fowkes admitted he was part of the shoplifting and told police he was a heroin user and a capped needle was found in his pocket.

Both men admitted they were going to use the stolen goods to buy more drugs, the police report said.

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