Friday, June 30, 2000

Sting recovers $105,000 in stolen items

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A month-long covert fencing operation set up by Cincinnati police recovered more than $105,000 in stolen property, including 128 cellular telephones, officials said Thursday.

        Undercover officers paid out only $4,800 to recover the stolen items, said District 1 Lt. James Whalen, who supervised the sting operations.

        Twenty-three arrests will likely be made as a result of the covert operation, he said.

        A team of 10 undercover officers set up “a wholesaling business” for “the advertised purpose of buying items that could easily be resold, such as cellular phones, laptop computers, electronic items, etc.,” Lt. Whalen said.

        The operation netted 222 items, including four laptop computers and a stolen gun.

        In conjunction with the fencing operation, the undercover team conducted a drug investigation in Over-the-Rhine that resulted in the signing of 37 felony arrest warrants, Lt. Whalen said.

        The covert operation was funded by a federal grant.


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