Police: 4 arrested, 3 on drug charges, after Warren Giant Eagle theft

Four people were arrested after two tried to steal from Giant Eagle, police said

According to a police report, officers responded to the Giant Eagle parking lot Sunday around 11:15 p.m. for several people “shooting up” in a brown Buick. The car drove away, while another officer learned the people may also be involved in a theft from the store.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Four people were arrested in Warren Sunday morning after two tried to steal from Giant Eagle, police said.

According to a police report, officers responded to the Giant Eagle parking lot Sunday for several people “shooting up” in a brown Buick. The car drove away, while another officer learned the people may also be involved in a theft from the store.

Police pulled the Buick over on Elm Road near Chestnut Street.

According to the report, driver Melissa Rihel, 34, told police they were on their way into town from Walmart. Police said Melissa had a suspended license, while one of the passengers, 30-year-old Nicholas Ziegler, of Niles, had an active warrant for his arrest.

Police searched Ziegler and said they found drug items on him. They said he also told them he had two syringes in his pants.

In addition to his warrant, Ziegler was also charged with petty theft, two counts of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of drug abuse instruments.

Melissa Rihel was arrested and charged with theft and drug abuse instruments.

Ira Rihel, 35, of Warren, was arrested on charges of petty theft, drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Tracina Putnam, 23, of Niles, was arrested on a warrant and additionally charged with petty theft.

Police said Ira Rihel and Tracina Putnam, also passengers in the car, were caught stealing meat and shrimp from Giant Eagle on security camera footage.

According to the report, police then searched the car and found several empty packets of heroin, a used syringe and a burnt spoon with heroin residue.

While at Trumbull County Jail, Melissa Rihel told police she had syringes hidden in a body cavity.

Melissa Rihel’s picture was not available Monday night.

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