by Kristin Casale


Stow -- A Sullivan woman and two Cleveland men are facing charges related to a break-in at a Stow tobacco shop.

Stow Police Lt. Rick Myers said Diana Harris, Christopher Samples and Brandon Samples are accused of taking more than $4,000 worth of cigarettes from Smoker Friendly, located at 4411 Kent Road, Dec. 7. Myers could not confirm whether Brandon Samples and Christopher Samples were related.

According to Myers, police responded to the scene shortly after the establishment's alarm alerted officers of the incident at 1:48 a.m.

Harris, 20, has been charged with complicity to commit breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, because police believe she acted as one of two lookouts during the incident, according to Myers. Christopher Samples, 24, also was charged with complicity to commit breaking and entering for his alleged role as a lookout, said Myers.

Brandon Samples, 22, was charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, after police reported he threw a large rock through the establishment's front glass door. Police said they believe a third male also participated in the break-in, but charges had not been filed as of Monday, according to Myers.

Following the break-in, officers believe the men and Harris left the scene in vehicles, said Myers, though he could not confirm the number of vehicles used in the incident.

He said police were able to identify the parties involved in the break-in after learning similar incidents took place in Medina last year. Myers would not disclose how police learned of the details related to the break-in at Smoker Friendly, stating, "We gained the information through our investigation."

According to the Medina County Court of Common Pleas' clerk of court's office, Brandon Samples was charged with two counts of breaking and entering following break-ins at two Medina convenience stores Oct. 19 and 27. He has not entered a plea on the charges.

The cases for Brandon Samples, Christopher Samples and Harris have been filed with Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Dennis Griffith.

He said Harris was set to appear in court for an arraignment Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Arraignments had not been scheduled for Christopher Samples and Brandon Samples as of press time Monday.

All three parties are free on $20,000 bonds, according to Myers. They did not have attorneys by press time, according to court officials.


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