semi, tractor-trailer (stock photo)
Ohio-- Thursday morning in federal agents in Ohio said they arrested several people in an elaborate scheme involving big rigs and cargo theft.
The suspects were identified as: Mike Wymer,54; Mike Deutsch, 37; Gary Wymer, Sr., 55, Terry Wymer, Jr., 28; and Shawn Wymer, age 27. All are facing charges for their alleged involvement in a scheme to steal cargo and dismantle semi-trucks and trailers.
Investigators said they also have a warrant for 47 year-old Robert Debolt.
According to Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony of the Ohio FBI Office: "These defendants operated a truck and cargo theft ring, stealing from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, which resulted in multi-million-dollar losses. This case was a true collaborative effort by all participating agencies, and we are committed to holding accountable those individuals who engage in this organized criminal activity."
Search warrants were executed Thursday morning at the several addresses in Toledo, OH. Items seized include: keys, titles, license plates, paperwork from stolen semi-trucks and trailers, ATVs, motorcycles, crushers, front end loaders, dump trucks, etc.
In September 2012, officials from the Ohio State Highway Patrol approached the FBI about joining forces to investigate reports of semi-trucks and trailers along with their contained cargo being stolen in Ohio. The joint investigation revealed an extensive scheme that reached into Ohio's neighboring states. Additional investigative agencies were brought in to include the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the National Insurance Criminal Bureau, and the Toledo Police Department.
This group of individuals is suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to steal trailers in as many as nine towns throughout the state of Ohio, six towns in Indiana, and three towns in Michigan from September 2012 through December 2012 resulting in an estimated loss of over $2 million in those four months. Items within those trailers included, but were not limited to, ATVs (all-terrain-vehicles), rolled copper wire, thousands of pounds of aluminum scrap metal, aluminum shavings, diamond plate sheets, and spools of metal. Some of these items were trafficked to New Castle, Pennsylvania, and sold as scrap or were listed on the Internet for sale, as in the case of the diamond plate sheets.
Source: FBI.gov website