Local traffic stop nets stolen semi batteries, 3 arrests

Suspects were selling batteries for heroin money, deputies say.
Scott Seitz2
Feb 8, 2014


Three Willard residents were arrested Saturday on a variety of possible charges after a traffic stop in Celeryville.

Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard said Deputy Eric Bardar stopped a vehicle which contained three individuals who were ultimately arrested.

Joseph Dye, 32, and Heather Steinmetz, 30, were each taken into custody on undisclosed warrants.

They both could also face a number of drug-related charges stemming from the stop.

"During the stop, Deputy Bardar uncovered significant evidence of crimes," the sheriff said, adding the deputy seized drug-abuse instruments and suspected drugs, which will be sent to the crime lab for testing.

But, the investigation didn't end there.

Bardar uncovered evidence which implicated Dye in the alleged theft of eight, large semi-truck batteries from an undisclosed location.

"The batteries have a total value of $2,000," Howard said.

"The batteries were taken earlier that day and transferred by the suspects to a location in Morrow County," he added. "The significant part is this was a fairly sophisticated operation where the suspect had built a device to move the batteries from the trucks to the getaway car."

The suspects would then sell the batteries and use the proceeds on heroin, Howard said.

"This was good work by Deputy Bardar," the sheriff said. "He was able to uncover the drug crimes and then uncover the theft of the batteries before that crime was even reported."

A third individual, Laura Hunt, 28, was located in the vehicle and arrested.

"The Huron County Sheriff's Office had been actively looking for her for questioning in a case involving the theft of a family debit card where $1,000 was withdrawn from an ATM," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said.

"She (Hunt) was arrested and taken to the jail," Querin added.


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Dang Heather, what the heck is wrong with you! She was clean for at least 6 or more years. Straighten your act back up. You can do it!

Yall Make Me Sick

Dang Laura what happen to, I'm clean and doing so good. According to Facebook right? First step is admitting you've got a problem..... Heather just can't believe you either. Time for your sons daddy to come and get him. Joe I'm really NOT surprised.


Perfect post....

be for real

hahahah glad they got caught


Her son's daddy has him and has had him this is an absolute shame sad thing is they will never change!


Sorry I was talking about heather and replying to the above comment

so sick of stup...

I was about to say the same thing..the son is with the daddy but where is the poor little girl?

Yall Make Me Sick

I forgot about the poor little girl. Geez. I'm glad her son is with his daddy & his wife. At least he's being taken care of.


I heard she is with heather s mom but I really don't know


These are the junkies that will never change. They are beyond rehabilitation. Heather and Laura will never change. Joe is worthless too.


Wow Heather,the beauty you had 8 years ago is gone,ask your self why? You continued down that path,after the good clean girl I met in IOP and NA. I am still clean today. So sad, yes we made bad choices,but you threw it all away and continue to do that poison. I wish you the best,But i feel your heart isnt in to doing the right thing!


Yeah she looks hit now. Gross. Back in the day she was actually pretty.


Joe Dye is a stone cold waste of white. Period.

believe it

Great job by the police and sheriff department, every little thing helps!


Praying for a person by puting their name in the book of ephesians when you read it can change lives . I have seen it

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Putting your name on the felony list will change lives forever, especially if you name is on the list more than once!

Yall Make Me Sick

You can lead a drug user to rehab but can't make them participate. They have to want it for themselves first, if they don't do it for themselves, then they won't clean their act for anybody/anything. Sad that these drugs are so powerful that people steal from their loved ones that only want the best for them. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.