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3 indicted in theft of items from GM plant



Published: Sat, February 26, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report

LORDSTOWN

Three people have been indicted on felony charges of receiving stolen property in connection with various types of Chevrolet and Pontiac nameplates, emblems and other items police found in their homes that were stolen from the Lordstown General Motors Complex.

Dennis Bruner, 41, a GM hourly worker, and his wife, Jaime Bruner, 33, both of Wolcott Drive, Boardman, were indicted in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Feb. 17 after police seized more than 4,400 items from their home.

Police estimate the value of the items seized and items Jaime Bruner sold on eBay to be “well over a couple hundred thousand dollars,” said Chris Bordonaro, a Lordstown police detective.

The items included all types of car emblems made for Pontiac G5s and Chevrolet Cobalts, including “SS,” “G5,” “turbocharged,” “Pontiac,” “GM Performance” and the Chevrolet “Bow Tie,” Bordonaro said.

Also found were tire-pressure sensors, wheel center caps for Pontiac and Chevrolet, gas caps and an engine-control module.

John Lavalliere, 54, of 915 Ridge Road, Vienna, was indicted in late December 2010 by a Trumbull County grand jury on one count of receiving stolen property and one count of theft. Lavalliere worked as a security guard at the plant.

During the serving of a search warrant at Lavalliere’s home, more than 200 Chevy and Pontiac car emblems were seized. That total does not include the number Lavalliere had sold on eBay, Bordonaro said.

The Lordstown Police Department began an investigation in December 2009 when General Motors notified the department that, based on an internal audit, several types of parts were missing from the complex.

It was discovered that some of the parts were being sold on eBay. These individuals were identified, and search warrants were obtained in both Trumbull and Mahoning counties, Bordonaro said.

Each of the charges carries a possible penalty of up to a year in prison.


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1Tigerlily(476 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Typical of the Boardman subculture.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't get this one bit . Having a good paying job with benefits and steal for more money ! I have taken nails ,screws. and other things home that was in my carpenter bags,but I'm sure all carpenters do the same . But they are always used the next day at work . So no foul. Stupid UAW people. You can use this technique in the can with smokes !

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3foxyglo(372 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Some ppl are never satisfied with the money they make from a company by being employed , but feel they have to steal from them.

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4yonko(27 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Shouldn't the article have also mentioned that Dennis was at one time, and still may be a part time police officer in Struthers, a Mahoning County Deputy, and co-owner of a local landscape and snow removal company. Will any time be served or restitution made..hmmmmm

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5Thunderboom(67 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What a shame. If they are guilty of this why not make the punishment fit the crime. In lieu of jail, make them get a job or two and pay full restitution to GM and for the cost of their prosecution. A heafty fine would be nice also. Even if they have to sell off their baubles & bling it serves them right.

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6captdinger(108 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

falconeddy & jessiedavid, That's great. Maybe they can get some demonstrators from Wisconsin to help also.

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7steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Some years back a friend of mine hired a scab electrician to do some work at his home.
This jerk couldn't brag enough about how much he stole from American Welding during the years he worked there.
He said it was a great job and was sorry to see the plant close.

He never gave any thought that maybe his thefts played a part in the plants closing.
To bad he was never caught.
I hope these GM clowns do jail time and have to make full restitution.

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8commoncitizen(959 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Don't bet on them losing their jobs - - the union will fight for them, even if they are proven guilty in court. If they do spend time in jail (Betras will probably defend them for free) afterwords, the union will try to have them reinstated .
Then, the unions want to know why people are agianst them.

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9gl1562(2 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

GM should check the history of these empoyees possibly selling their GM discounts to non-related car buyers. Might find something there too. And isn't Dennis Bruner the same former Mahoning County Deputy who was forced to resign from the dept back around 2001 for heading up a car wash operation out of the min security jail???

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10redvert(2042 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

commoncitizen, you probably forgot to mention that if they spend any jail time they will probably ask for back pay also.

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1144509resident(45 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

No different from GM employees letting non family members get their employee discounts...

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