Ross County Grand Jury on Wheelchair Joyride, Stolen Coins

posted by Kevin Coleman - 

The Ross County Grand Jury had returned 23 of their 24 cases, with nine open.  In two additional cases: 

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According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, a Chillicothe police officer responded to a call from loss prevention at Wal-Mart off Bridge Street.  

The officer observed 21-year-old Christina J. Utke riding a motorized wheelchair northbound on Bridge Street.  She and another girl with her said they were killing time until dad returned. 

Wal-Mart said the motorized wheelchair was valued at $1,200 but they did not provide documentation, so the felony charge was lowered to a misdemeanor. 

For the theft, Utke could get up to six months and $1,000 in fines. 

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According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, a retired man returned home December 1st and was surprised to find a contractor still at work in his residence.  He then found more than $1,000 worth of vintage coins and jewelry, and vintage silverware, missing from his collections.  He also learned that the contractor's wife had been in the residence. 

A police detective found that 20-year-old Charles A. Christman had sold items at Buckeye Gold since November 20th, and also had exchanged pesos at the Columbus airport.  

For indictments for felony theft from a person in a protected class, Christman could get up to 18 months and $5,000 in fines. 

 

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