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Police Say 15 Tons Of Popcorn Found In Garage Was Hot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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 city's south side.

The 1,920 cases of Act II brand popcorn were stolen a month ago along with an unmarked trailer from ConAgra Foods, the Marion plant where it was produced, company officials said.

"Maybe I can be the grand marshal of the Marion Popcorn Festival now," said Columbus detective David Dennison, who helped uncover the stash on Tuesday while investigating a slaying.

James T. Conway Jr., 48, and his daughter, Jennifer, 22, both of Columbus, each were charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property. They were to appear Wednesday in Franklin County Municipal Court.

ConAgra sent a tractor-trailer Tuesday to pick up the popcorn. The original white trailer, marked only with the number 88445, is still missing, plant manager Tony Jones said.

Police said they found the food while searching Jennifer Conway's home because the elder 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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