The Warren, Ohio, man charged with hitting a woman with his car door after allegedly stealing a bottle of champagne has been charged with stealing digital video discs.

Andrew D. Warner, 30, was charged Thursday with retail theft for taking 10 DVDs at 10:15 a.m. Saturday from Kraynak’s, 2525 E. State St., Hermitage, about 15 minutes before he stole the champagne from the Wine and Spirits Shoppe, 2321 E. State, police said.

Warner was approached by a clerk at the liquor store when he tried to walk out without paying for the champagne, police said.

The clerk followed him outside and had him by the shirt while he was in his car when he pulled away, hitting her with the car door, police said.

Warner told police he didn’t mean to hit the woman, who was taken to the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System for hip and elbow injuries, police said.

A witness who followed the car flagged down a Sharon policeman and told him what Warner allegedly had done.

Warner stopped on the Shenango Valley Freeway after throwing the champagne out a window, police said.

The DVDs, still in their plastic wrap and with Kraynak’s stickers on them, were found in the car, along with razors and over-the-counter medications that also still were in their plastic wrap, police said.

Warner admitted stealing the DVDs and champagne, and said he stole the other items the previous night in Ohio, police said.

Warner was charged with robbery, aggravated and simple assault and two counts of retail theft, police said. His preliminary hearing is set for 2:15 p.m. today, at which time he will be arraigned on the new charge, said a spokeswoman for District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.


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