Thursday, August 09, 2001

$5M in thefts blamed on group

The Associated Press

        CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Eleven people have been arrested or indicted in a $5 million dollar theft ring authorities say operated in Ohio and Indiana.

        Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery said Wednesday that more arrests may be made as the investigation continues.

        The suspects were arrested or indicted Tuesday on charges of racketeering, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, illegal use of food stamps and drug trafficking. Authorities believe the theft ring, which has been in operation since at least May 2000, stole more than $5 million in merchandise, including cars, firearms and electronic equipment.

        The indictments allege that the ring was directed by three Dayton men — Dewey Goss, 33, Timothy Bell, 27, and William Shepherd, 37. Authorities say it was responsible for theft and burglary of cars and recreational vehicles from garages, barns and commercial buildings in portions of Ohio and central Indiana.

        Mr. Goss and Mr. Bell were indicted in Madison County in Ohio. The arrest warrant for Mr. Shepherd was issued in Boone County, Ind.

        The other eight suspects were arrested or indicted on similar charges in Boone County, Ind., and in Montgomery and Madison counties in Ohio. All are in custody.


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