CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Four men were indicted by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on nearly 50 felony charges; including, drug trafficking, theft, grand theft, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, vandalism and possessing criminal tools.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said John Harrison, Joseph Adams, Dwayne Robertson and Jason Jachna were indicted on RICO charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and conspiracy.
The Property Crimes Task Force handled the investigation of the criminal theft ring which is accused of stealing items such as catalytic converters, landscape equipment, power tools, heavy construction equipment, vehicles and trailers.
Cleveland police lead the task force, which was created by the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, a division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
“One investigation often leads to another and our task force is committed to following the trail of stolen goods until the thieves involved are held accountable,” said Yost. “The theft of equipment that allows another to make a living is especially egregious – I’m thankful for the work of law enforcement to ward off these criminals attacking small businesses.”
Yost said this theft ring is believed to be responsible for about one million dollars in property theft.
Officers have recovered close to $500,000 in stolen property.
“The volume of property crimes these thieves committed caused significant damage to our local businesses,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “The dogged pursuit by investigators on this case has helped ensure that justice will be served upon everyone involved in this criminal enterprise.”