Two minors are accused of operating a major theft ring in Circleville.
Police told NBC 4’s Tom Sussi that the brothers stole thousands of dollars worth of power tools, lawn equipment, and handguns. All from sheds and vehicles smack in their own neighborhood.
The teens are charged with felony theft and breaking and entering. For now, until their arraignment, they remain at home with their parents.
Circleville Police Detective Jon Farrelly said the young alleged thieves stole between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of snow blowers, power washers, tools, a wood chipper, a go-kart, and three handguns. Det. Farrelly said they confiscated the loot Monday afternoon from a home and shed on Fairview Boulevard where the teens live with their parents.
“This is probably the biggest amount of stolen items I have ever been able to find in my 15 years of law enforcement,” Det. Farrelly told Sussi.
Det. Farrelly said the brothers stole the property from their neighbors. The guns were taken from unlocked vehicles. The rest of the property was lifted from sheds. Det. Farrelly said they used a stolen bolt cutter to break into the sheds.
Det. Farrelly said the boys’ parents claim they didn’t realize what their sons were up to. They said they were unaware that stolen property filled their shed. They were also apparently oblivious to a stolen power washer he said the boys hid in a bedroom.
“We’re still investigating that,” he said. “We still have questions we’re trying to get answered.”
When Sussi dropped by the family’s home, with questions of his own, a man inside yelled at him to get off his property.
Neighbors said the family moved in about a year ago. Records filed with the Pickaway County Auditor’s Office show that another family owns the house.
Det. Farrelly said the investigation actually started out looking into allegations of “inappropriate” pictures of underage kids posted on social media. He said that part of the investigation remains open too.
If you live in the area of Fairfield Boulevard, and had something stolen over the past few months, you’re asked to call Circleville Police at 740 474-8888.