DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police say detectives have stopped three people responsible for victimizing a neighborhood for a period of ten months.
Only 2 NEWS was there in April when investigators raided a home on Oneida Drive in Harrison Township. Officers found stolen lawn equipment, bikes, toys, and electronics, all taken from detached garages in Dayton and Oakwood.
Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck held a news conference to say he now knows who’s responsible for taking all those goods and selling many stolen items to pawn shops and flea markets in and out of state.
18-year-old Robert Bingham, 32-year-old Brad Philbeck, and 25-year-old Brittany Wilson have all been charged in connection with an elaborate theft ring that victimized residents, especially in the Belmont area of Dayton. The three were living together at the Harrison Township address where the stolen items were found.
All three have been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and 19 counts of receiving stolen property.
Bingham and Philbeck also face 19 counts of breaking and entering.
Heck said, “This was definitely a theft ring, it was run like a business. It was a criminal enterprise.”
Dayton detectives say they were able to track down a stolen GPS device at a pawn shop because the owner had provided a serial number to police and police shared that information with other law enforcement groups. The GPS was linked to the suspects.
Only Wilson is in custody right now. Prosecutor Mat Heck said if convicted on all counts, they face years behind bars.
“We take these very seriously because we know the intrusion it’s done to the families right here in the Belmont area,” said Heck.
Heck said to protect yourself keep a list of your belongings with serial numbers and identifiers, take pictures of them so if they are stolen you can share the information with police. It helps in tracking down not only your property, but those responsible for taking it.