ELYRIA — Police said a Lorain man accused of stealing food from the Apples store on North Abbe Road also had crack cocaine in one of his pockets and a hypodermic needle and pipe hidden between his buttocks.
Daniel Simonovich, 38, was arrested and charged with stealing packages of ham and a carton of eggs worth a total of $34.81 on Friday afternoon, according to a police report.
Police who responded to the store asked him if he had anything illegal, and found suspected cocaine in his shirt pocket.
Officers found a hypodermic needle “stuck in between Daniel’s buttocks” after asking him if he had anything that could harm himself or others, according to the report.
Officers asked again if Simonovich had anything else hidden, and he replied, “Yes, a pipe in my crack as well,” according to the report.
A metal pipe with burnt ends was recovered.
He was being held in the Lorain County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Simonovich was charged last year with robbery at the Apples store on Meister Road in Lorain after being accused of stealing four packs of frozen meat from the supermarket, then shoving an employee and running out of the store.
At that time, he insisted he was going to pay for the meat and was just trying to cool a burn on his leg by stuffing meat down his pants.
Police found a small burn on his leg, but no money to pay for the meat.
Simonovich served time in prison in 2009 on charges of possession of cocaine, endangering children and other charges after he was found in violation of terms of his probation, according to court records.