A Columbus man and woman could each be facing more than a decade in prison for their roles in an organized theft ring.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Daniel N. Allen and Jessica Harris, both 27 and of Columbus, though they have different addresses. Allen and Harris are both charged with one count of grand theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
According to court documents, Allen and Harris were working together with other individuals. Allen would allegedly go into Home Depot and select tools. He would put them in his cart then push them out the door and load them into a waiting car, allegedly driven by Harris. The pair would then sell the items to individuals who allegedly knew they were stolen. According to court documents, between June and October, the pair allegedly stole from at least seven stores in Union, Delaware and Franklin counties. The tools were valued at nearly $15,200.
If convicted on all counts Allen and Harris could each face more than 11 years in prison.
Also indicted were:
Jennifer Bailey, 31, of Alger. Bailey is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs. According to court documents, Bailey was arrested Feb. 18, with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis. If convicted, Bailey could face as many as 12 months in prison.
Jonathan Ohara, 30, of 588 Allenby Dr., Marysville. Ohara is charged with one count each of theft from a protected class and possession of criminal tools. According to court documents, in March, Ohara allegedly used a cell phone to orchestrate the theft of a video game console. If convicted, Ohara could face as many as 24 months in prison.
Darcie J. Williams, 47, of Bellefontaine. Williams is charged with one count of possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. According to court documents, on June 5, Williams was arrested with more than 200 grams of marijuana. Possession of marijuana is often charged as a misdemeanor, however because of the amount. Williams was charged with a felony. If convicted, she could face as many as 12 months in prison.
Jesse Longshore, 22, of Sunbury. Longshore is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. According to court documents, on Oct. 16, Longshore either stole or had credit cards he knew were stolen. If convicted, Longshore could face as many as 24 months in prison.
Shawn K. Ryan, 41, of 240 Caddie Drive, Marysville. Ryan is charged with one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of heroin. According to court documents, on Feb. 24, Ryan was arrested with both heroin and oxycodone. If convicted on both charges, Ryan could face as many as 24 months in prison.
Andrew Riley Gross, 21, of 295 Tallman St., North Lewisburg. Gross is charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and one count of aggravated vehicular assault, stemming from a Sept. 8, incident. If convicted on all counts, Gross could spend more than five years in prison.
Catherine Irene Bolin, 42, of 21 Hillcrest Circle, Marysville.
Bolin is charged with one count of grand theft, 14 counts of tampering with records and six counts of forgery.
According to court documents, shortly after 8 a.m., Aug. 14, police and fire officials were called to the Hillcrest Circle home on a report that the mobile home was on fire. Bolin and her son were home at the time of the fire.
The fire was extinguished and Bolin was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Investigators learned Bolin had been given an eviction notice and was to be out of the home on Monday.
According to court documents, Bolin eventually “started to cry and confessed to starting the fire.”
“Ms. Bolin admitted to using a garden sprayer filled with gasoline to spray gasoline in the back if the house and lighting the fire with a match,” according to court documents. “Ms. Bolin admitted that she wanted to kill herself in the fire, but after the fire was lit, she realized that (her son) was asleep in his room.”
According to court documents, Bolin also admitted she stole the rent money that her live in boyfriend, the owner of the home, gave her to pay the rent for the lot of the home.
Additionally, court documents allege that between 2012 and August, Bolin filed a series of falsified reports with the Department of Job and Family Services. She allegedly received between $7,500 and $150,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.
In August, Bolin was charged with aggravated arson, possessing criminal tools and theft. If convicted, she could face as many as 12 years in prison on the August charges and an additional 77 years in prison on the new charges.
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