Authorities seize 31 vehicles in Willard

WILLARD - Authorities seized 31 vehicles, 200 car titles and about $24,000 in cash when using two search warrants simultaneously Wednesday afternoon at two Willard addresses. Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said the multi-jurisdictional investigation involves tampering with records and vehicle ownership. The detective said the suspects bought vehicles under a company name and then sold them, using people's names without their consent, to illegal aliens.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

WILLARD - Authorities seized 31 vehicles, 200 car titles and about $24,000 in cash when using two search warrants simultaneously Wednesday afternoon at two Willard addresses.

Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said the multi-jurisdictional investigation involves tampering with records and vehicle ownership. The detective said the suspects bought vehicles under a company name and then sold them, using people's names without their consent, to illegal aliens.

"There was no arrest made at this point," Howard added. "We seized a huge amount of records dozens and dozens of car titles."

Police used four towing companies to move the vehicles to the impound lots at the sheriff's office and Willard Police Department. Some of the vehicles came from other states. Not all of them had been stolen.

"Eight of them were from Akron," Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin said.

Willard and Norwalk officers, several deputies and investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the state taxation department were involved in executing the search warrants about 3 p.m. at 4114 Townline Road 12 and 24 Motson St.

McLaughlin said there potentially are three suspects, one or two of whom are from Mansfield. None of them are being named because they haven't been charged or arrested.

The BMV had been receiving information from Willard Police Detective Sgt. Rick Sexton "on and off for a number of years" about one of the suspects moving vehicles from Ohio to Mexico, McLaughlin said.

"He'd buy them here and sell them in Mexico. They're worth more down there," he explained. "According to (the) BMV, he was jumping titles."

McLaughlin said the suspect sold vehicles without titles and didn't pay state taxes on those vehicles.

The BMV also had information that the same man would buy vehicles through a Mansfield dealership, take them to Willard and then transport them en masse to Mexico, he continued. McLaughlin said individuals from the dealership ultimately could be prosecuted or used as witnesses, but that would be determined by the BMV or Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler.

Officers will be meeting with investigators from the BMV and state taxation department to process the evidence. After that process is completed, the case will be turned over to Leffler's office for the consideration of charges.

"It will be some time before it goes to the prosecutor's office," McLaughlin said.

He and Howard credited the work of Norwalk Police Officer Seth Fry in getting the investigation moving quickly. McLaughlin described Fry as inquisitive when making traffic stops and "knowledgeable about what's going on in the county with certain crimes." Fry has been a full-time officer since 2004.

"He developed the original lead on this," Chief Kevin Cashen said. He added that Fry was assigned to work with other authorities "due to the size of the crimes and how it touched the city of Norwalk."

In mid-August, Fry learned of a Florida victim who hadn't bought a vehicle that was titled in his name, Howard said. The detective mentioned "other indicators" that sent red flags up to investigators, but he declined to elaborate.

Howard hopes to have the investigation wrapped up by next week.

Comments

donnelly's (Ano...

how many illegals work there anyway,and don't forget alot of em are getting up here (via Casa Fiesta owners) 20 or more every year they bring up.damn it why can't we just shut the borders.

swiss family......

ok, ok .. i won't mention the possibility of the Brants being involved in this ring , even though they have the seemingly , perfect set up , but what about the Blankenships , or the Blairs or the Castles .. oh , that's right , they are all really just Brant's too !! with all of the inbreeding

smalltowner (An...

wow>swiss family> you really have it bad for the Brants don't you. what's going on, some big hillbilly (sorry Brants )feud, like the Hatfields and McCoys Get a life or a job or something so we don't have to read your childish comments on every subject under the sun.

That's how Irol...

swiss family, you are nothing but a trouble maker. You sit on your a$$ all day long eating gov't. free cheese and play on your computer, while we foot the bill. You've got a lot of nerve calling people out by name and calling them imbred, just like you did the 'town' of New London. What is your underlying problem? Don't you have any friends? Are we the only people that talk to you on a regular basis? You keep spouting off, taking sides with the losers, talking shiit about everyone! Tell us about YOU. We want to know more about what makes you so hateful and degrading towards others. They beat you up here, they beat you up at the Register. Simply put, you don't fit in. You're a misfit. And you're a coward. You are a bully, but I notice you tend to run the other way for the most part when someone calls you out on the trash you've written. Now go get you some of that there New , London...!! pizza , and... , choke , on, it!

Oh by the way s...

Cee U Next Tuesday!

whinky-dink (An...

swiss family U sound like some "tough guy" talking on the CB. Wasn't tough when he was "confronted" at the intersection. road wise.

fritz (Anonymous)

swiss !!@* family ALL ride little short school busses.

They had a fire...

To help, call Castle at (419) 663-1198. Put your money where your mouth is, swiss.

swiss family .....

ok , let me clear up a few things on here so people get the right idea for once ... first of all .. yes i do have alot of strong opinions , and i am not afraid or ashamed to share them with you all ... because that what this system is designed to do , secondly .. someone else has been using my name from time to time , to say really harsh things , and to get you people all fired up .. there is nothing that i can do about that !! think about it , if i really wanted to make you look stupid , i would just reuse the name that you use , and say some really disturbing and hateful things to get everyone up in arms .. and that is what happens to me , and thirdly .. i don't know who you all think i am , but i can assure you that i will not be seeing anyone in here on tuesday , and i was never confronted by anyone at any intersection , and i have never eaten any gogt. cheese as far as i know , and lastly , i do NOT run and hide for anyone , when they call me out , as you claim ... so those are the facts .. now you all know !!

smalltowner (An...

Okay , yea right, we all believe all of a sudden someone else is using your name and you never mentioned it before.

Hey smalltowner...

we think a lot alike...we should do lunch. swiss is a laugh a minute. Go check out the rest of the top 10 stories commented on and it'll make you howl with laughter. She's got someone else coming in and defending her! LOL! LOL! Has them saying 'she's the only one who sounds like they've got their head on straight!' LOL! LOL! I gotta pee...

Oh wait! There'...

smalltowner, did you see where 'gas guzzler' aka 'swiis family' SINGLE-HANDEDLY mind you, brought the price of gas down in Norwalk by 20 to 30 cents!! R-O-T-F-L-M-A-O!!!

swiss family .....

but what about the Blankenships , or the Blairs or the Castles .. oh , that's right , they are all really just Brant's too !! with all of the inbreeding

smalltowner (An...

TO SWISS FAMILY>>> I just don't understand the need to turn every problem in Huron County around so that somehow there is a Brant or some relation of theirs involved. I know the Brants , my family have had dealings with them and have had NO problems in fact I can tell you that one day my husband and I were going to Norwalk from Monroeville when we ran out of gas. Not only did the Brants stop to check and see if we were okay they turned around and went back to Monroeville and got a filled gas can and brought it back to us so that we could get moving again. And you know what, they (THE BRANTS )would not even take money for the gas. I have NO PROBLEM with this family.

uh oh smalltown...

I've got the feeling you've just opened a whole new can of worms for swiss, but don't you worry, never fear...I got your back. We can tag team.

SuchaLiarsheis....

Swiss said..."someone else has been using my name from time to time , to say really harsh things , and to get you people all fired up .." right after she wrote the slanderous comments about the Brants..."but what about the Blankenships , or the Blairs or the Castles .. oh , that's right , they are all really just Brant's too !! with all of the inbreeding" Now, put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Yoo Hoo...gas g...

gas was $2.61 in Lorain yesterday...better get crackin on that!

ged (Anonymous)

did i read on hear somewhere that the Brant's are involved in this ? does anyone have proof? if so , Ihope that the guilty ones are put away

hey ged aka swi...

duh! who do you think you're fooling?? just stirring up trouble, but I ain't biting today. go answer yourself now...

swiss family......

ok , i guess this topic is about all discussed out, i guess i will go back to writing my book .. it's a great book , but it's pure fiction .. let me tell you about it .. there is this family , calld the Grants , and they are closely related to the Maces , and the Hastles , etc. anyway the Grants run this car theft operation , where they put car titles in someone elses name , and then take them down to Mexico and sell them , and make alot of money illegally .. and they are able to do this because Jim Grant has a tow truck and a car transportation truck where they can haul alot of vehicles at one time , and his wife has a bogus notary stamp , that she bought at a garage sale, so the cycle is complete .. the only problen is that the police found out about this operation , so Jim's cousin , who has all of the bogus records , in his home , panics , and knows that the only way they can be tied into this is from the paper trail that he has at his trailer ,.. so he sets the trailer on fire and destroys all of the evidence , so now they will have a harder time implicating any of them into the scam ..well , thats about as far as i've gotten so far into the story , but it's far from over .. i still have to write about them transporting drugs back into the area , when they are down in mexico , where they are pretty easy to get their hands on , and they can really make the big money by selling them illegally on the streets at home ... stay tuned ... like i said , this is pure fiction , because nothing like this could really happen in real life , could it?

to swiss family...

blah blah blah you're a TOOL!

Cry babies (Ano...

You people that always complain about the police, saying how they hide behind their badges....you are the true boys with "little man" syndrome. In life, you couldn't make anything decent of yourselves and are jealous that others became cops. So, when you are at Charlies' Bar on Thursday nite cashing (and then drinking) your unemployment check and you are getting thumped by one of the Brants, don't call for help, since you don't really need their help, because your such a big man. By the way who do you think should be policemen? Give a list of names....if you think you can do it you should apply. Be glad that you have pro-active officers in Norwalk that look for crimes.

good Lord, swis...

take a typing class, and look up how to spell while you're at it! your postings are atrocious! and I couldn't agree more, you are a tool! the wart on your nose is growing...just in time for Halloween, you wicked witch, you.

swiss family .....

to "good lord swiss family" what is so bad about my spelling? maybe it's you who can't spell if you think that my spelling is wrong . as far as i can tell , the only word that came out wrong in my last post , was the word "called" and i do know how to spell it , my keyboard just didn't cooperate with my fingers . so whats the problem , anyway , even if my spelling isn'e perfect , according to you , i think you get my drift , thanks teacher for all of your critism

RE: swiss famil...

you're welcome, sally boniva.

smalltowner (An...

Hey Swiss Family>>> Here is your chance to start a new rumor. Check out todays paper about stolen car parts, want to play the blame game again, lets see who you pick on this time, Oh never mind we all know who you will blame.

think before yo...

Just a little warning swiss family. You might think that you can come on here and slander anyone you wish just because you don't have to give your real name but it would be super easy to find out who you really are. Have you ever heard of a I.P. address? It's a code of numbers that is issued to your computer while you're on here from your internet service provider. Makes no difference if you have dial-up, dsl or cable either, every computer gets one. Very, very, very easy to track your movements by simply logging your I.P. address when you access this website and it doesn't take someone with a Phd to set up the right software to do it. So go ahead and continue to make wild accusations and slanderous comments about people on here. All it takes is one of them to report your behavior to the authorities and soon we'll all know who your are! Give that a thought before you go off on your next tirade.

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