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Two Elyria men charged with theft, forgery

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ELYRIA — Police have arrested two Elyria men, accusing them of using two $100 counterfeit bills to get money back from ordering pizzas Wednesday.

Jonathan Davis, 38, of Wooster Street, and Steven Maxwell, 38, of Broad Street, were charged with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, and forgery, a fifth-degree felony.

Officers visited Loco Pizza Pie about 5 p.m. on Cleveland Street, where a delivery driver reported that a customer, later identified as Davis, used a fake $100 bill for a $40.74 order and got $59.26 in change.

Officers spoke with the delivery driver, who told them she made the delivery on Broad Street in front of the Salvation Army. She said she delivered the pizza outside of the building to a man who gave the name of Dave. Employees told police that caller ID identified the caller as Jonathan Davis when the order was placed.

Officers got another call from Angelina’s Pizza on North Abbe Road about 8 p.m., and employees there said a man used a counterfeit $100 bill and the same tactic as before, using a fake name and having it delivered in front of the Salvation Army. The suspect made a $34.99 order and got $60 in change.

The situation seemed suspicious, the Angelina’s delivery driver told police, so he asked the men some questions. When asked about where he got the money, the man later identified as Maxwell told the delivery driver that Steven Jones at 841 Broad St. gave it to him, which later was found to be fabricated.

The driver said he then asked Maxwell where he lived, and Maxwell said down the street from the Salvation Army address. After the transaction, the driver said, he followed the men to the 800 block of Broad Street.

After receiving the report, officers went to the home and knocked on the door. Davis and Maxwell were inside and admitted to both incidents, officer said.

The men were arraigned Thursday morning, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 8 in Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.
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