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Investigators: Youngstown was base for multi-county theft operation

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - One dozen people face 29 criminal charges after being indicted by a Mahoning County Grand Jury for their alleged part in an organized theft ring based in Youngstown.

In April of last year, law enforcement officers raided a home in the 400 block of West LaClede Avenue in Youngstown and found three stolen vehicles, two trailers, landscaping equipment and other stolen items at the home.

That was just the beginning of an investigation into a major theft ring according to police. Local authorities asked the Ohio State Highway Patrol to step in as the lead agency to probe what they believed was a criminal enterprise that would steal high end items from homes and businesses in communities including McDonald, North Canton and Olmstead Falls.

According to State Patrol Investigators, the stolen goods, including several valuable classic vehicles, were brought back to the LaClede address. The goods were then sold, and the profits would be split between the 12 suspects.

After obtaining a court order, investigators were able to track the suspects by putting a G-P-S monitor on their vehicle, placing them under surveillance and catching them in the act.

Those indicted are:

Jamealla Crafter, 20
Louis Justice III, 24
Harold W. Michaels, 40
Amanda Delia Aviles, 22
Joel "Poppy" Martinez, 32
Douglas C. Jones, 61
Rodney D. Sanders, 49
Lamont Charles Robinson, 45
George "Pumpkin" Robinson, 42
Charles Prunier, 33
Tamike S. Jones, 30
Alvin Tucker, Jr., 28

Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity
Breaking and entering
Receiving stolen property

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