Thursday, March 07, 2002

Popcorn was hot, in a way

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Police have recovered 15 tons of microwave popcorn, worth $50,000, that was stacked from floor to ceiling in a two-car garage on the south side.

        The 1,920 cases of Act II brand popcorn were stolen a month ago along with an unmarked trailer from ConAgra Foods in Marion.

        A Columbus detective helped uncover the stash on Tuesday while searching the home of a relative of a man charged in a shooting death.

        James T. Conway Jr., 48, and his daughter, Jennifer, 22, both of Columbus, each were charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property.

        ConAgra sent a tractor-trailer Tuesday to pick up the popcorn.

        The original white trailer is still missing, plant manager Tony Jones said.

        Police said they found the food while searching Jennifer Conway's home because Mr. Conway's son has been charged in the Jan. 19 shooting death of an Ohio State University student.

        Her father, who lives across the street, told police the popcorn was his.

        “He told detectives he bought the popcorn in bulk from an Odd Lots for $3,000, and he was going to sell it for $10,000. We know it's worth more than $50,000,” detective Ron DeVault said.


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