Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has charged a group of Dayton adults in connection with a series of cellphone retailer robberies that included a Findlay store.
Antone Jackson, 18; Duane Taylor, 20; Michael Roberson, 19; and Kevin Snowden, 18, all of Dayton, were charged with multiple counts of theft, grand theft, breaking and entering, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Taylor and Jackson were additionally charged with money laundering.
A complaint was also filed against a juvenile in connection with the group’s operation and charges are expected to be filed against another individual in the future.
In Findlay, a break-in at Radio Hospital/Verizon Wireless, 2011 Tiffin Ave., was reported on Dec. 27. Twenty-five iPhones with a total value of $12,032 were taken, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The group is also accused of robberies at 26 other retailers, including stores in Perrysburg, Marysville, Van Wert, Wapakoneta, Sidney, Troy, Celina, Amherst, Chilicothe, Portsmouth, Athens, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville, Ky.
In total, 61 break-ins were reported at cellphone retailers across Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky from April 30, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2014. Two different groups operating out of the Dayton area have been charged in connection to the break-ins, with more than $300,000 worth of electronics stolen.
The suspects allegedly then sold the electronics and spent the money on items such as designer clothing and hotel rooms.
Though the two groups are being charged for separate crimes, investigators found that both groups used an identical method of operation, and some suspects are believed to have committed crimes with both sets of individuals.