Feds arrest 5 men in $2M chop shop ring
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:36:05 GMT —
After raiding an East Toledo property on Thursday morning, the FBI announced the arrest of five men and said a sixth suspect is still at large.
Federal authorities took 55-year-old Gary Wymer, Sr.; 54-year-old Mike Wymer; 27-year-old Shawn Wymer; 28-year-old Terry Wymer, Jr. and 37-year-old Mike Deutsch into custody for their alleged involvement in a $2 million truck theft ring. Officials said the ring stole truck parts and cargo in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana between September to December of 2012. The loot was then sold online or as scrap.
A sixth suspect, 47-year-old Robert Debolt, is still wanted by authorities.
"This was a highly organized group that stole from people throughout the region. The FBI, Ohio State Patrol and all the law enforcement paretners involved in this investigation have done a tremendous job shutting down this ring," U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said.
The FBI raided two suspected chop shop locations in Toledo on Consaul and Sterling streets and the home of Mike Wymer. According to a press release, items of interest include keys, titles, license plates, paperwork from stolen semi-trucks and trailers, ATVs, motorcycles, crushers, front end loaders and dump trucks.
At the press conference Thursday morning, officials said the investigation was ongoing and that they expect to arrest additional suspects.
The Toledo Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and National Insurance Criminal Buereau assisted with the investigation.