Troopers recover stolen merchandise and fraudulent checks

Store owners who believe they may have been victims are urged to call authorities.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Nov 16, 2012


A Pennsylvania man is facing felony charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers uncovered a large amount of construction and building supplies purchased with fraudulent checks, following a traffic stop in Trumbull County.
Troopers stopped a rented 2009 Ford U-Haul truck for a failure to signal a lane change violation on Interstate 80, near milepost 234, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the construction equipment and building supplies, worth an estimated $8,150, along with receipts and fraudulent blank checks.
The driver, Ephraim E. Barr, 41, of Philadelphia, Pa., was incarcerated in the Trumbull County Jail and charged with receiving stolen property and passing bad checks; both fourth-degree felonies, and possession of criminal tools; a fifth-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison and up to a $12,500 fine.
The investigation is still ongoing and stores who believe they may have been a victim are urged to call Warren District investigators at (330) 898-0403.


Carol McLaughlin

I went to Lowes to buy wire for some home improvement and an employee told me that wire was the most stolen item in the whole store. That the thieves burn it and then sell the copper.


Omg! You actually found an employee at lowes to talk to! WOW!


wtf are criminal indicators??? It seems like they are just a made-up thing to give officers the go ahead to violate your rights. I understand that this man is a criminal, but how many cars get searched because of "criminal indicators" when there is no criminal activity. They dont report the searches that dont end in arrests.


"Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle."

What were the dogs alerted to if no drugs were found in the vehicle?


Good point, Middle R. This story has a lot of holes in it.