Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Two juveniles and a woman face charges after hundreds of stolen cell phones, wallets, credit cards, guns, cameras and more were recovered from 150 or more recent car break-ins throughout Southwest Ohio, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Courtney Pratt, 23, of Hamilton and two 17-year-old males were charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property. The teen also were charged with theft, and she was charged with misdemeanor misuse of a credit card.
Additional charges are likely from several other jurisdictions, said Sheriff Rick Jones.
“These kids were hitting 20 to 30 cars a night all over the Tristate area for quite a while,” he said. “I guess they thought it was pretty easy. But, you know, committing crimes in Butler County usually catches up to you sooner or later. We have just proved that again.”
Deputies found the stolen items and arrested the suspects after investigating a tip from a citizen, he said.
The items were snatched from cars in West Chester, Oxford, and Liberty Township in Butler County; Mason, Carlisle and Franklin in Warren County and Madeira, Cleves and Colerain Township in Hamilton County.
Police in those areas are working with sheriff’s officials to match up stolen items with victims.
Not all of the recovered items have been identified, and not every recent car break-in has been solved, Jones noted.
If you’ve been a victim of a recent car break-in, authorities urge you to contact Sgt. Rick Bucheit with the sheriff’s office: 513-785-1208.