A rural Norwalk couple are accused of stealing between $50,000 and $60,000 from an elderly couple. Investigators said the defendants used the money to support their heroin habit.
James E. Miller, 41, and his girlfriend Roberta D. Bisel, 31, both of 4303 Ohio 601, each must post a $30,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Both suspects are charged with one count of grand theft with an elderly person specification.
Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said the defendants started stealing from the couple, to whom Miller is related, about five months ago. The husband is in his early 70s and his wife is in her mid-60s. Howard said Miller and Bisel used $40,000 of the money they stole for heroin in that five-month period.
One of the couple’s relatives reported the suspected thefts and brought the couple to the sheriff’s office Tuesday. Capt. Ted Patrick said the victims brought financial statements and other documents with them.
“Large balances were being charged to four different credit (and debit) cards,” Patrick said. “They maxed out these credit cards. Then a personal loan was taken out in excess of $12,500.”
The deputy said the suspects used the stolen money to buy heroin from local dealers. Miller and Bisel were interviewed about 10 a.m. Wednesday and later arrested at the sheriff’s office.
If convicted, they each face two to eight years in prison and a $15,000 maximum fine.