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Toledo Man Sentenced to 27 Years in Prison for Operating a $2.3M Semi Truck Chop Shop & Stolen Cargo scheme; Eight Others Also Sent to Prison  Nine men from northwest Ohio were sentenced to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to transport nearly $2.3 million worth of semi-trucks, trailers and cargo stolen in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, law enforcement officials said.

Sentenced this week were:

● Michael Wymer, 56, of Toledo: 27 years in prison
● Robert W. Debolt, Jr., 50, of Toledo: 10 years in prison
● Gary J. Wymer, Sr., 61, of Rossford, Ohio: five years in prison
● John Debolt, 45: five years in prison
● Earl Beebe, 39: five years in prison
● Terrance Wymer, 30, of Toledo: five years in prison
● Gary Wymer, Jr, 29: four years in prison
● Terry Wymer, 52, of Toledo: three years, six months in prison
● Joe McKinney, 77: one year, eight months in prison

"This was a highly organized group that stole from people throughout the Midwest," said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "The scale of their predatory behavior is reflected in the sentences. The FBI, Ohio State Patrol and all the law enforcement partners involved in this investigation did a tremendous job shutting down this ring."

"These defendants operated a truck and cargo-theft ring, stealing from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, which resulted in a multi-million dollar losses," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Northern District of Ohio. "This case was a true collaborative effort by all participating agencies, and we are committed to holding accountable those individuals who engage in this organized criminal activity."

U.S. District Judge James Carr also ordered the defendants to pay nearly $2.3 million in restitution.

Overall, 13 people pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy.Greg Rose, Diana Vannes and Shawn Wymer are scheduled to be sentenced later this month for their roles, and Anthony Wymer is scheduled to be sentenced June 1.

From at least August 2012 through February 2013, the defendants operated a chop shop located at 642 Sterling Street in Toledo, while Gary Wymer and others operated another chop shop at 2322 Consual Street in Toledo, according to court documents.

The defendants dismantled stolen semi-trucks, trailers and cargo, transport the pieces and parts of said stolen items between the two chop shops and the ultimately destroy or scrap the stolen goods. They also received stolen motor vehicles and parts with the intent to sell or dispose of them, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Alissa Sterling following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

$271K worth of king crab legs stolen in Polk County, FL, 3 sought
Deputies are on the lookout for three men who broke into a warehouse in Winter Haven and stole $271,000 worth of king crab legs. Authorities arrested 29-year-old Joshua Warner after they say the warehouse worker left the door unlocked in order to allow the burglars inside. Surveillance video captured the moments the three masked men entered the warehouse and started piling the crab onto forklifts, and into a semi-truck waiting outside the building. "This is definitely highly orchestrated. These guys know their way in and around this warehouse," said Carrie Horstman, spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. King crab sells for somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 per pound, meaning the team got away with about 10 tons of crab. "They obviously had a large transport vehicle they were putting this stuff into. They've taken it somewhere, they've probably sold it to someone already," Horstman said. Warner, the man who was arrested and charged with cargo theft, said he locked the door and told police he did not unlock it. "I have no idea how it happened. All I know is I did not unlock that door," Warner said.

North Miami Beach Police arrest 4 Young thieves stealing $5K in Hair Extensions  The suspects - who include a 16-year-old, a 14-year-old and two 11-year-olds - were arrested Tuesday at the North Miami Beach Police Department. They were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing, police said. Police said the group took the hair extensions from a storage room in the back of the store at 1601 Northeast 163rd Street on Saturday evening. When store employees confronted them, one of the suspects pulled a gun from underneath his shirt, and all four fled on foot, police said.

3 Dozen Weapons stolen from Florida Pawn shop
Palm Bay police are looking for a group of men who stole three dozen guns and high-powered rifles from a local pawn shop. The four men were caught on surveillance camera taking the guns from A.R. Guns and Pawn, police said. The owner's brother, Richard Alexander, told Fox 35 the crooks made off with the most dangerous weapons in the family operated small business. "We're concerned about the people on the streets; that the guns are going to get in the wrong hands." The whole burglary was caught on video. The pawn shop has more than a dozen surveillance cameras positioned outside the door and inside the store. It's also equipped with an alarm system, but the alarm system didn't activate until it was too late. Police said the men cased the place at around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday. They came back later to smash the glass and then shook the door frame enough to push the bar grate back and climb through. The burglars were inside the shop for about five minutes before the alarm was tripped.

Philadelphia Police release Video of a Pharmaceutical Delivery van theft at Rite Aid  Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of a theft from a delivery van outside a Rite Aid store in the East Falls section. Officers were called out around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday to the Rite Aid at 3601 Midvale Avenue. The video shows a red minivan, either a Chrysler Town and Country or Dodge Caravan, pull up next to the delivery van from the AEX Group, a pharmaceutical delivery company. The delivery driver was inside the store at the time. The suspect gets out and approaches the van. Police say he broke the lock and unloaded several tubes full of merchandise. Investigators say those tubes could have contained items such as narcotic pills and nicotine patches. The suspect then gets back in the minivan and drives away. Scott Florian, a compliance manager for AEX, says it was the second vehicle break-in within the past week. Last week, a truck was hit at Levick and Frankford.

Two Women stole more than $1,000 in liquor from Coralville, Iowa Hy-Vee
Two Linn County women were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of alcohol from the Coralville Hy-Vee last month. According to complaints from the Coralville Police Department, Shanise Jean Williams, 22, of Cedar Rapids and Veronique Elize Harmon, 23, of Marion entered the Coralville Hy-Vee liquor store, 1914 Eighth St., on April 14 and April 23. During both visits, video surveillance showed Williams and Harmon grabbing multiple bottles of Ciroc vodka and 1800 tequila and walking out of the store without paying for them, according to complaints. The total amount of liquor stolen was $1,063.28.

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