Auto parts store victim of 2 thefts

MANSFIELD – Costy’s Auto Parts in Richmond Township was the target of theft twice in as many months, according to documents filed at District Judge James Carlson’s office.

Jerry Lee Winebarger, 53, of Canton, was charged with retail theft on March 12 after allegedly removing the left rear suspension and leaf spring of a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass and installing it on the car he was driving without paying. Winebarger told police he planned to pay for the part “tomorrow.”

Winebarger was issued a summons to appear at a May 8 preliminary hearing.

In a separate case, Virgil William Small, 23, of Mansfield, was charged with criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief after allegedly jumping a fence and kicking in a door to gain access to Costy Auto Parts’ fuel pumps on April 9. Small was a Costy Auto Parts employee at the time of the alleged theft.

Small and his Jeep were captured on video entering the Costy Auto Parts property after hours. According to court documents, video shows Small entering the commercial building and leaving with a “heavy gas can.” Small’s roommate stated that his Jeep “smelled like gasoline.”

Small is awaiting a preliminary arraignment and hearing.