Heroin users accused of taking money

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.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

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.

Comments

Betherella

I hate druggies. We learn what drugs do to people and what it makes them do. Why, then, do people even try them? Are they stupid?

babyboomer

What a Life!! To me,it is such an outrage stealing from senior citizens and I don't think the penalty they are facing is stiff enough! That is their life savings! And from a relative no less!!

Thanks for the insight,now I know what I have to look forward to when I become elderly. These people and the dealer they bought it from have no shame or guilt!

Prosecute 'em!!! For the full sentence the law allows for this crime!!

Kudos to the family member who was looking out for this couple. With the babyboomer's reaching their senior citizens stage we are going to need more elderly advocates to guard against these kind of parasites living among us.

swiss family

some people have no morals at all,

stealing is so offensive in the first place.. once you lose trust in someone, it takes along time to re establish that again, but to steal from relatives, and especially elderly relatives, that is soooo unacceptable..and to steal such a large amount, in such a short time, from your elderly relatives, you are basically the scum of the earth, that i have always heard about...

i only hope that your lawyer doesn't try to say that you were under the influence of major drugs at the time, which is obvious, and somehow try to say that you shouldn't be liable for your actions, because you were so stoned.... the truth is , you knew exactly what you were doing, and used your elderly relatives to get yourself stoned, and probably even sold a little of the drugs to get some extra money as well....

i hope that you rot in a cell somewhere, where you can't hurt anyone ever again.. and the only pain that is in your life will be the pain inflicted by your fellow prisoners, when they hear that you stole from your elderly relatives for your own enjoyment... have fun in prison.. you deserve it!!!

Mattsherman

They should legalize drugs altogether and let these people go to clinics and get drugs for free and do them in a safe enviroment you would eliminate 85 % of crime if this were done. do you relize how many lives would be saved doing this!

Oh and keep this website close by to protect our communitys from perverts. http://www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us/...

Betherella

Drugs aren't good for your body. It's not just the crime part of it. Usually the people who want drugs legalized are the ones who do them too....just so they don't get in trouble. Who would want to put tons of chemicals, all mixed together by who knows who, into their body?

swiss family

Beth, you ask"who would want to put tons of chemicals, by who knows who,into their body" well the answer is obviously, alot of people!!! just read the paper, every day there is a story about another heroin user, getting busted,and the idea that it is a bunch of chemicals all mixed together, doesn't deter them in the least

heck, there was just a story in the paper where an inmate, well several inmates in the county jail were busted with balloons of heroin in jail with them... give that some thought.. not only are these balloons filled with a mix of drugs, and baby powder, and cleansing powder, and flour, and who knows what, to get the balloons into the jail, they were ingested by someone, and later dug out of their excrement, to get the balloons to use...how sick is that.. and yet, there were several takers.. who desperately wanted the stuff!!!

so i hope that this answers your question... there are some really sick, desperate people out there looking for a fix, no matter what it is made out of, or the path that it travels to get where they need it

Betherella

I agree Swiss....I just think they're stupid.