Thursday, February 01, 2001

Arrests uncover stolen goods

Burgled items may be worth over $100K

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        The recent arrests of three men have put a dent in a burglary ring possibly responsible for the theft of more than $100,000 in goods from TriState construction sites and retail establishments, police said.

        Donald A. Rich, 52, of Springfield Township was charged Tuesday with two counts of receiving stolen property, Hamilton County sheriff's deputies said.

        He is accused of receiving a kitchen oven and a refrigerator stolen from a home under construction on Indian Brave Drive in Miami Township, said Col. Ray Hoffbauer.

        Deputies say they were led to Mr. Rich after they arrested two Cheviot men accused of stealing from a construction site in Green Township on Jan. 26.

        Casey L. Chasteen, 27, and David A. Patrick, 25, were spotted Saturday loading property into a pickup at a Wellington Chase Drive site, Col. Hoffbauer said. Police used a helicopter to track the pair to another construction site.

        The men led police on a car chase and are accused of throwing a stolen dishwasher off the pickup to delay the pursuing officers, deputies said.

        Mr. Patrick was charged with breaking and entering, felony fleeing, and eluding and resisting arrest. Mr. Chasteen was charged with breaking and entering, assault on a police officer and tampering with evidence.

        Detectives said they recovered a large quantity of stolen property from Mr. Rich's Meredith Drive home, including kitchen appliances, sinks, cabinets, power tools and other power equipment. The total value of the items recovered has not been determined, but it could exceed $100,000, police said.

        Col. Hoffbauer said Wednesday, and the three arrests may help resolve several unsolved thefts of property from construction sites and retail establishments.

        “We have been noticing a rash of thefts of power tools from construction sites,” he said.

        Sites in the western part of Hamilton County, Indiana and Northern Kentucky are among those that have been hit in the last several months, Col. Hoffbauer said.

        Construction sites tend to be vulnerable because workers sometimes leave their power tools and equipment during construction, said Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Steve Barnett.


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