By RYAN DUNN
BOWLING GREEN — Theft charges were filed against two Elmwood students accused of seeking donations for made-up cancer victims.
The teenage boys have each been charged with a fifth-degree felony count of theft and will continue their cases in Wood County Juvenile Court in Bowling Green, Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson said Wednesday.
Residents of Hancock and Wood counties reported that teenagers visited their homes, seeking donations for a cancer-stricken Elmwood student or teacher, according to law enforcement.
One defendant is a 17-year-old student who organized the scam, Dobson said. He was joined by a 14-year-old accomplice, the prosecutor said.
The Courier is not reporting the juveniles’ names because of their ages and the low-level charge against them.
Investigators are still determining how much money was collected, Dobson said. Findlay police said there are likely numerous victims in the region.
The charges stipulate that one of the victims was an elderly resident, Dobson said.
A Findlay homeowner told police an anxious boy in an Elmwood High School letter jacket appeared at his front door. The teenager spoke quickly, and did not carry forms with more information, he said.
Elmwood Superintendent Tony Borton has said the teenagers’ activities had nothing to do with any school fundraiser.
Borton said any upcoming school fundraisers will include information to prove authenticity.