Officers break up theft ring

YOUNGSTOWN – Five people accused of being part of a major theft ring involving lawn care equipment were arrested on Monday when authorities surrounded a home on the city’s South Side.

Sgt. Bret Henderson of the Ohio State Patrol’s Canfield barracks said the four men and one woman were taken into custody just after 7 a.m. The arrests came after an ongoing investigation dating back several months, authorities said. Police believe the suspects were involved in several thefts stretching from northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, including in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

“This came after an extensive investigation,” Henderson said. “Right now we’re trying to determine the roles different people may have played and sort some of the details out.”

According to reports, authorities surrounded a home at 412 W. LaClede Ave., which is on the South Side of Youngstown.

Along with OSP, which is leading the investigating, the FBI, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Boardman, Hubbard and Youngstown police agencies assisted at the scene.

Henderson said agents recovered at the home vehicles, trailers and various landscaping equipment that had been reported stolen.

Troopers said other suspects could also be arrested. They did not release the names of the individuals arrested on Monday. However, troopers said the individuals were being questioned and charges likely would be filed later in the day.