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Five people soon to be charged in theft ring



Published: Wed, April 3, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will file charges soon against five people taken into custody in an early-morning raid Monday on LaClede Avenue in which lawn-care equipment stolen from multiple Northeast Ohio locations was seized by law-enforcement officers, a patrol sergeant said Tuesday.

“It’s still an active investigation. We’re still running down leads” and interviewing people, said Sgt. Ronald Schneider, of the patrol’s Warren-based investigative unit.

Schneider said the equipment, some of which was stolen last summer, has a conservatively estimated total value of $100,000 and that charges will be filed in Youngstown Municipal Court.

Items seized at the South Side house included rakes, shovels, mowers, weed-whackers, leaf blowers, pickup trucks and trailers.

Those seeking return of stolen goods should contact the local police department to which they initially reported the theft, which will know if the stolen items were recovered in this raid, Schneider said.

No report listing items seized under the search warrant had been filed in municipal court as of Tuesday afternoon.

Youngstown, Boardman and Hubbard police and the FBI assisted the patrol in Monday’s raid that broke up the purported theft ring.


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