A 39-year-old man was arrested Friday in a reported stolen SUV after authorities say he took money from cash registers at two Akron stores.
Brandon Papesh, who police said is reported as homeless, was booked into Summit County Jail on various charges after the SUV he was driving was stopped by Akron police on an exit ramp after being spotted on Interstate 76 at South Arlington Street.
Police said Papesh walked up to a checkout counter about 9 a.m. Friday at a Walgreens on East Waterloo Road with a package of SweeTarts and then took money from the cash register when a clerk rang up the sale.
At about 10 a.m., police said Papesh walked up to the checkout counter at Family Dollar on Copley Road with a bag of candy. When the clerk rang up the sale, police said Papesh grabbed the clerk’s hand and took money from the register.
In both cases, Akron police said Papesh was seen driving away in a blue 2010 Mercury Mountaineer that Strongsville police had reported as being stolen.
Papesh was charged with robbery, receiving stolen property and theft. He also had warrants for breaking and entering, vandalism, theft and a violation of a protection order, according to Akron police.