DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says Dayton suspects are at the center of a multi-state cell phone store robbery ring.
Six adults and two juveniles, all from the Dayton area, are under arrest for at least 61 cell phone store break-ins in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Prosecutors say the suspects operated in two separate, but related, groups to commit smash-and-grab style robberies between April 2012 and January 2014.
“These individuals are all from the Dayton area, but they committed crimes all over Ohio, as well as across state lines,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “Those with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, and Dayton Police Department worked to connect the dots that tied these crimes together, and we are very grateful for their hard work, as well as the work of all of the other local jurisdictions involved.”
The group is accused of stealing more than $300,000 in electronics, mostly from Verizon Wireless stores.
Group one consists of Lamar Caviness, 18, of Dayton. He is charged with multiple counts including theft, grand theft, breaking and entering and money laundering.
Gary Pullen, 34, of Dayton is charged with multiple counts including theft, grand theft, breaking and entering and money laundering. One juvenile is also charged in this group.
Those three are accused in indictments filed in Warren County. They are accused of committing at least 34 break-ins spanning 27 law enforcement jurisdictions in Ohio and Kentucky.
Group two includes Antone Jackson, 18, of Dayton, Duane Taylor, 20, of Dayton, Michael Roberson, 19, of Dayton, Kevin Snowden, 18, of Dayton and one juvenile.
They too face theft, grand theft and breaking and entering charges among others.
Pullen is currently not in custody. The others are in custody. This case is being tried in Warren County and Greene County. More arrests are possible with further investigation.