EL man charged in Salem Elks break-in

SALEM – Charges of criminal trespass and theft have been filed against 30-year-old Brock Ward of East Liverpool for a July 31 break-in at the Salem Elks on East State Street.

Ward was identified as the man shown in surveillance footage during the incident, with tattoos on his arms and back. The tattoos on his back could be seen on the video after he removed his shirt to hold an undisclosed amount of money when he emptied the register.

Salem Police Det. Dave Talbert credited public tips with leading police to additional evidence in the case after the video images were released in the newspaper and on the police department’s Facebook page.

Both charges are misdemeanors filed in Columbiana County Municipal Court.

Talbert said he expects to file charges in the near future related to a separate break-in the same night at Club Fuel on Railroad Street. When the incidents occurred, he wasn’t sure if the cases were related, but said this week that they determined the two cases are totally unrelated.

The case at Club Fuel remains under investigation, with some of the property recovered during the execution of search warrants Aug. 2 at homes on Walnut Street and West Pershing Street. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the county’s Special Response Team also participated in those raids, along with the sheriff’s office.

A large amount of alcohol and electronics, including several televisions, had been removed from Club Fuel after someone forced open the front door.