Grand jury indictments – Charges connected to theft of pricey guitars


A Marysville man is accused of stealing more than $6,000 worth of guitars from a relative.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Barrett Torbert, 36, of 1851 Creekview Dr., Marysville.
Torbert is charged with two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property.
According to court documents, Torbert and the victim were related and lived together. The owner noticed that one of his guitars, a Gibson valued at $4,849, was missing. He went looking and found another guitar, a Suhr valued at $2,175, was also missing.
Investigators began looking into the thefts and found the guitars at separate pawn shops.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said that when an item is pawned. It is cataloged and entered into a database that law enforcement can search through. He said a check led them to Fifth Street Pawn and Cashland, both in Marysville.
Officials at the stores were able to provide records tying Torbert to the sale.
Phillips said Torbert received about $650 total for the guitars.
If convicted on all counts, Torbert could face as many as four years in prison
Also indicted was:
– Conrad Joseph Brennan, 30, of 77 Aspen Dr., Marysville. Brennan is charged with two counts of forgery and one count of theft. According to court documents, on Sept. 2, he allegedly forged an auto title then tried to use it.
If convicted on all counts, Brennan could face as many as 36 months in prison.
– Jadin Natividad, 20, of 586 Bridle Dr., Marysville. Natividad is charged with two counts of theft, stemming from an alleged incident June 1, involving a stolen check.
If convicted, Natividad could face as many as two years in prison
– Christopher M. Kraus, 46, of Dublin. Kraus is charged with one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and illegal conveyance of drugs. According to court documents, on Feb. 23, Kraus was arrested and charged with domestic violence after allegedly hitting his long-time girlfriend.
A search of Kraus’ possessions at the Tri-County Regional Jail, where he was taken after his arrest, revealed a white powdery substance in his wallet. Officials determined the substance was methamphetamine.
If convicted on the drug charges, Kraus could face as many as six years in prison.
– Duan Unique Hawthorn, 26, of Columbus. Hawthorn is charged with one count each of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and having weapons while under disability.
According to court documents, about 7:46 p.m., Oct. 4, Hawthorn was driving on U.S. 42 in Jerome Township. He was pulled over for allegedly driving 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. Investigators allege Hawthorn does not have a driver’s license. As part of the stop, officials found a gun. Hawthorn is not allowed to have guns because in 2013, he was convicted of unarmed robbery in Michigan.
If convicted on the gun charges, Hawthorn could face more than five years behind bars.
– Trycia Lemaster, 28, of 560 E. Fourth St., Marysville. Lemaster is charged with one count each of trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana.
According to court documents, about 7:29 p.m., Feb. 28, Lemaster was driving north on U.S. 42 in Millcreek Township when she was allegedly clocked going 75 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.
As part of the stop, the trooper contacted the sheriff’s office to have a canine search the car. The dog indicated there were drugs in the vehicle and investigators located several bags of alleged marijuana, weighing between 200 and 1,000 grams. Additionally, investigators found more than $7,100 in cash in the car.
If convicted on both counts, Lemaster could face as many as 30 months in prison. Additionally, prosecutors are asking to seize the cash, noting it was gotten through illegal means or used as part of a crime.

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