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Man claiming to be blind arrested for receiving stolen property

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COITSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Police are questioning a man's claim that he is legally blind.

The questions came up as Coitsville police arrested 54-year-old Kenneth Defiore, who was seen on surveillance video allegedly using a stolen credit card at the Tic-Toc Food Mart and Edmond's restaurant in the township.

A manager at the Tic-Toc told police that as far as she knew, Defiore is legally blind.

When police went to Defiore's residence at King's Motel to arrest him, and Defiore advised the officer that he didn't know how he would have obtained the card because he is blind.

Police question Defiore's claim because the surveillance video shows him reading a newspaper and handing correct items to clerks.

Staff at Edmond's tell 21 News they also question Defiore's claim to be legally blind.

"He would always seem to know the special from the outside in," said Billie Jean Swartz, a server at Edmund's. "We've had a couple girls they would read the menu, but he always knew a price. You wouldn't have to give him one, he already knew it."

Police say Defiore does have some vision and does not carry any type of medical card declaring him as blind. He was, however, carrying an expired dog training card for a seeing-eye dog that was with him.

The organization that trained Defiore's Labrador Retriever, has taken the dog back.

Defiore has been charged with receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card.

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