Ohio sporting goods stores in theft ring

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  1. Hear is a story from todays Canton Repository online...

    Police say they broke up theft ring

    JACKSON TWP. If two local outdoor sports stores need goods to sell, they place orders with thieves, police say.

    Those actions led to Jackson Township Police Department to raid Ohio Outdoor Sports at 2314 Shepler Church Ave. SW in Bethlehem Township, and The Trading Post at 412 Erie St. S in Massillon, on Tuesday. Police said they believe the businesses are part of a large theft ring.

    "We started looking into these thefts and fencing rings in April," Police Chief Harley Neftzer said. "Some of these locations were bold as placing orders. The thieves would go to places like Dick's Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain and Kame's Sports to steal the items."

    Thousands of dollars worth of firearms, ammunition, fishing and other outdoors equipment were seized from the stores during the raids, Massillon Police Department Sgt. Tom Minarcheck said.

    "It's part of an investigation into a theft right operating in Jackson Township and in Northeast Ohio," Jackson Township Police Department Maj. Dave Zink said of the raids. "These business were identified as places that could be receiving stolen property."

    Attempts to reach the owners of The Trading Post and Ohio Outdoor Sports were unsuccessful.

    Donated products by Dick's Sporting Goods, Kame's Sports and Gander Mountain were presented to employees at The Trading Post and Ohio Outdoor Sports as stolen and were purchased by them on several occasions, Zink said.

    No one was arrested or charged during the raids, which were assisted by the Massillon Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco.

    "Possible charges could be receiving stolen property, money laundering and engaging in a pattern of corrupt behavior," Neftzer said.

    The raids are part of a larger ongoing investigation the Jackson Township Police Department is conducting. Earlier this month, officers raided and seized items at Fosnaught Auto Parts on Whipple Avenue. Police allege the owner knowingly bought stolen catalytic converters and other stolen scrap metals.

    "This ring is involved in thefts all over the county — all over Northeast Ohio," Zink said.

    Reach Repository writer Fellicia Smith at (330) 580-8312 or e-mail: fellicia.smith@cantonrep.com
  2. Been going on for years at Wal-Mart. Thieves know that the fishing section was an easy place to steal due to Wal-Mart looking the other way if the items are under $100. Rapalas were a huge theft item, getting sold to bait shops and flea markets.