CLEVELAND, Ohio – Authorities reportedly arrested two people who allegedly smashed a U-Haul truck through a pharmacy in an attempt to rob early Tuesday.
Police said a 27-year-old man and his 18-year-old accomplice were arrested after police followed footsteps in the snow and found one of the suspects hiding in a trash can and the other nearby.
Cleveland Police Second District Commander Thomas Stacho said the two were arrested following the 4 a.m. failed smash-and-grab robbery at the CVS pharmacy on Pearl Road and Memphis Avenue.
The 27-year-old man has not yet been formally charged. Both face charges of breaking and entering, vandalism, possessing criminal tools and safecracking.
Stacho said the duo drove through a wall at the pharmacy. Police said no ATM was stolen. Officers found no one in the U-Haul, which was still running.
Officers reportedly followed the footprints in the snow through several yards and over fences, Stacho said.
Other officers reportedly joined in the search and found the footprints stopped in a backyard on Broadview Avenue.
Stacho said officers found the 27-year-old man hiding in a garbage can and the 18-year-old in the backyard of the home. Surveillance video from the pharmacy showed the duo running from the truck, the official said.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old man was charged in connection with a smash-and-grab robbery at a University Circle gas station, across the street from the University Circle Police Department.
Charges in that case were dismissed because prosecutors said he would be indicted in connection with a large-scale smash-and-grab ring tied to the Wade Park gang, court records say.
He has been named in the indictment, but not formally charged. The gang allegedly carried out more than 50 smash-and-grabs in the area.