November 26, 2014


Search warrant unsealed in attack, robbery of police chief’s nephew





ELYRIA — One of the men accused of pistol whipping a Marco’s Pizza delivery driver during a February attack allegedly used his own phone number to lure the driver to the Fourth Street apartment building where the robbery took place, according to a search warrant unsealed Wednesday.

Police traced the phone number through Google Plus to Michael Moore, one of two men facing aggravated robbery and other charges in the Feb. 23 robbery of Steve Whitely, who is the nephew of Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely.

Moore and Andre Hopper, both 21, were arrested after Steve Whitely was attacked in the lobby of 240 Fourth St. A third man, whom police have not identified, is still being sought in connection with the robbery, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

Whitely told police that he knocked on the door of the apartment where the pizza was ordered to be delivered, but got no answer. As he was leaving, two men approached him.

One of the men was armed with a gun, according to an affidavit accompanying the warrant. One of the men took Whitely’s wallet and cell phone and when he tried to get his phone back, he was hit on the head with the butt of the gun.

The robbers then fled the lobby, and Whitely was able to get someone in the building to call 911.

Police in the area spotted three men and were able to catch Moore and Hopper, but the third suspect eluded capture.

Although Moore denied being involved in the robbery, Hopper told police that Moore was involved, according to the affidavit. Hopper also confessed to serving as a lookout in the robbery.

On March 18, police found a semiautomatic pistol in the area of the robbery and a DNA test found Moore’s DNA on the weapon’s clip.

Chief Whitely said Wednesday that he couldn’t comment on the case because he wasn’t involved in the matter.

Costantino said Whitely has deliberately avoided any involvement because one of his family members is the alleged victim.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

  • Yaspar

    Nothing screams “crap site!” like two popups requiring a click to get rid of. Verrrrry impressive, northcoastnow!

    • Bob

      I never get any popups. You might want to look into change something on your end.

    • Bill Campbell

      You’re probably infected with adware

  • luvmytoaster

    I think it’s the normal did you, would you, could you, why not sort of stuff. Just answer “negative” to everything……

  • Mark B

    It will be interesting if these 2 get a slap on the wrist and turned loose like all the other riffraff …

  • SniperFire

    Just when you thought the Elyria thuggery couldn’t get much worse….

  • golfingirl

    Now, now….they had a bad upbringing.

    Time to go meet “Papa Bear” in prison.

  • nignogger

    Conceal and carry is the solution to black crime. A few months ago a delivery guy who was packing gunned down 2 pavement apes who were robbing him, killing both; courtesy of head shots. The old sow of one of the boys wanted to sue the pizza joint!

    • Ghostwriter

      What’s the solution to white crime? You know, the many heroin and crack addicts who burglarize cars and buildings throughout the city of Elyria? We might as well even things up here, as far as white versus criminals of all other races. While we’re on the topic I would also like to get rid of all of the drunk, redneck wife beaters throughout Lorain County. When you find a solution for that let me know, thanks.

    • A Bowens

      You are very offensive and down right ignorant and shame on The Chronicle Telegram for letting your racist comments stay active on this Web site. Shame..

      • Julie Wallace

        The writer who wrote the racist comments has been blacklisted and his comments should vaporize. If you see them again before we do, please, drop us a line at and we’ll get to them quickly. That is not permitted.

  • DonMega

    What gave birth to these two clowns.

  • Big G

    It’s amazing how so many of these cases of pizza delivery driver robberies go unsolved, and not even followed up on, but if the victim is the police chief’s nephew, there is an investigation going on for months with DNA evidence and sealed indictments. I knew there was a double standard in this town as to getting better access to service if you were related to city employees, I hoped that didn’t apply to safety services too, but I guess I was wrong.

    • golfingirl

      Pretty simple case actually…..he used his own phone to lure the pizza delivery boy. Can anyone say “dumb criminal?”

      The police were already in the area and caught the “suspects” at the time of the crime.

      The case may have received special attention, but at least two armed thugs have been taken off the streets, before they could commit another crime, against the son of a city official or someone else.

      Be thankful for that.

  • tickmeoff

    I had thought using improper language was enough to not get a a comment posted. Apparently one must also be politically correct. There are two sides to every story, I guess I can assume I will just get one side, as the other side will be silenced.

  • Shistang

    Black peeps god rites two need pizza jus like everbody else butt when no money an hungry you doo what you gotta doo!