Alleged accomplice held in beauty supply store robbery
SALEM – Police are still looking for a man who robbed Sally Beauty Supply on Monday afternoon, but his alleged accomplice is now in jail facing a felony charge.
Tony Fluharty, 18, whose last known address was West Martin Street, East Palestine, was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon at the Rescue Mission in Youngstown by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.
Salem Police had filed a warrant against him for a second-degree felony charge of complicity to robbery in connection with the incident at the beauty supply store located on East State Street near Walmart.
Salem Police Det. Dave Talbert said the warrant was issued based on information from people detectives talked to on Wednesday. He also said a warrant for a robbery charge has been issued against the man who allegedly placed the clerk in a head-lock, removed money from the register, then stole her keys and her purse and left in her car.
The robbery charge is a second-degree felony. He’s also wanted for a parole violation, with Talbert explaining he was on parole for a felony theft charge at the time of the robbery incident.
The store is actually located in Mahoning County, so the charges have been filed in Mahoning County Court in Sebring.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the location of the stolen silver Chrysler Concorde should contact Salem Police at 330-337-7811. The man who took the money, the purse and the clerk’s car allegedly told his accomplice to stay behind and make sure she didn’t call the police. After he drove away, the accomplice fled on foot and was located and questioned by police. At that time, he was released after consultation with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.
After recent interviews, the charges were filed against both men. They learned Fluharty had been taken to the Rescue Mission and enlisted the help of the U.S. Marshals to pick him up.
The clerk was also re-interviewed and Talbert said “we got a lot more detail about what happened.”
He did note that she was injured and sought help later at Salem Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.