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Former Warren police officer charged with auto theft

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A former Warren police officer faces criminal charges for allegedly towing a car from private property to keep for himself.

The Trumbull County Grand Jury indicted 48-year-old Reuben Shaw on charges of  grand theft of an automobile, theft in office, dereliction of duty, falsification and breaking and entering.

Shaw was fired by Police Chief Eric Merkel who says Shaw was investigating reports of possible trespassing on Kenwood Avenue last June, when he spotted a 1969 Chevy Nova in a garage.

Merkel says Shaw told other police officers that he'd like to have a car like the Nova so he could restore it.

Later that day, while still on duty, Shaw allegedly went back to the garage and had the Chevy towed to his own garage on Palmyra Road.

Merkel says that Shaw did not have permission to be inside the locked garage, did not have permission to take the vehicle, and violated department protocol for towing abandoned vehicles.

A grievance filed by Shaw says his termination was unjust, discriminatory and arbitrary. The complaint alleges that the chief conducted an investigation without Shaw's knowledge or acquiescence.

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