Tuesday, April 02, 2002

Two indicted in printer cartridge theft

$2,500 worth taken, prosecutors say

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Two men have been indicted by a Warren County grand jury on felony charges in connection with the theft of $2,500 worth of computer printer cartridges from a Middletown Meijer store in January.

        Edwin Velez, 23, of Akron and Natchaz Chillmel, 23, of Burbank, Ill., are each charged with felony theft in connection with the Jan. 21 incident.

        The men removed a toy oven from its box in the store and filled the box with the printer cartridges, Warren County Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said.

        They then took the box through the store checkout, paying only the price of the toy oven, she said.

        They were caught later that day trying to do the same thing at a Meijer store in West Chester, Ms. Hutzel said. She said it appears the men were intending to ship the cartridges to a New York City address.

        The indictments were released Monday. Other indictments included:

        • Shanel Freeman, 19, of Over-the-Rhine, indicted on three counts of forgery and three counts of theft, all felonies.

        She is accused of manufacturing three payroll checks totaling $2,455 and cashing them on Nov. 31, 2000, Ms. Hutzel said.

        • Alfoncy Maye, 34, of Over-the-Rhine, charged with two counts of passing bad checks, both felonies. On March 16, he allegedly tried to cash to checks totaling $1,300. There was no money in the checking account, Ms. Hutzel said.

        • Thomas Dale Lucas, 35, of Trenton charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of drugs, both misdemeanors. He is accused of taking a car without permission on Dec. 15. When the car was found, Mr. Lucas had Ritalin and Xanax with him, Ms. Hutzel said.


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