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Clermont County Sheriff's Office catches AC unit thieves

Jamie Prokop (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office) Jamie Prokop (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)
Christina Marie Laub (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office) Christina Marie Laub (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

A Pierce Township man and a woman have been indicted by the Clermont County Grand Jury for 46 counts each related to their involvement in a series of Breaking and Entering and Theft offenses in Clermont and Hamilton Counties.

Chief Deputy Rick W. Combs said the pair indicted on Wednesday, April 11 committed offenses in Batavia, Union, Tate and Pierce Townships in Clermont County. Also impacted was Anderson Township in Hamilton County.

Jamie Prokop of 1751 East Ohio Pike Amelia has been indicted for one count of Burglary a 2nd degree felony; 28 counts of Breaking and Entering, 5th degree felonies; and 17 counts of grand theft, 4th degree felonies.

Christina Laub of 5410 SR 286 Williamsburg has been indicted for one count of Burglary a second degree felony; 28 counts of Breaking and Entering, 5th degree felonies; and 17 counts of grand theft, 4th degree felonies.

"Beginning in June 2011 through March 2012, ten churches and eighteen businesses located in villages and townships in Clermont County and Hamilton County experienced a significant increase in theft of air conditioning units and parts," said Combs.

Zion Lutheran Church in Anderson was one of the ten churches hit. Pastor Harold Oliver said the church lost five AC units and it is still waiting to replace them.

"Our trustees and that have to figure out how to respond to this get estimates and all that sort of thing, when thieves steal something they're really stealing people's time," said Oliver.

Grammas Pizza on Ohio Pike in Union Township has replaced its AC units but owner Angelo Vasiliou had to pay $1900 out of pocket.

"I was very very angry. To tell you the truth I've been waiting for it to happen because three of them been stolen up the street and I was just waiting for mine to get stolen because it's dark back there," said Vasiliou.

Both Jamie Prokop and Christina Laub are currently incarcerated at the Clermont County Jail on a $30,000 cash or professional bond.

Locations impacted:

Clermont County Sheriff's Office

KOI Auto Parts, Total Damage $2,080

Concepts Fabrications, Total Damage $10,000

Bethel Pentecostal Church, Total Damage $10,000

Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Total Damage $10,500

Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Total Damage $5000

Norlynn Manor, Total Damage $35,000

Bethel Pentecostal Church, Total Damage $12,000

Nicholsville Pentecostal Church, Total Damage $3,200

Calvary Free Will Baptist Church, Total Damage $10,000

Wellington Orthopedics, Total Damage $5,000

American Legion Post, Total Damage $38,000

Clermont Animal Hospital, Total Damage $2,500

Clermont County Fair Grounds, Total Damage $15,000

Wellington, Total Damage $10,000

Union Township Police

Jelly Bean Junction, Total Damage $9,535

Grammas Pizza, Total Damage $15,000

Amelia Police Department

Life Point Solutions, Total Damage $17,312

Dollar General, Total Damage $5,000

Mallard Glenn Apartments, Total Damage $2,500

Batavia Police Department

Dr. John Teece, Total Damage $8,000

Lytle Auctioneer Service, Total Damage $8,000

Wilson Seat Company, Total Damage $14,000

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

Zion Lutheran Church, Total Damage $14,000

Kingdom Hall, Total Damage $8,550

Clough United Methodist, Total Damage $5,000

Tire Discounters, Total Damage $5,000

Heritage Church, Total Damage $17,600

Clough Medical Associates, Total Damage $24,000

Damages by Jurisdiction:

Clermont County Sheriff $134,080

Union Township Police Dept. $24,535

Amelia Police Department $ 24,812

Batavia Police Department $28,000

Hamilton County Sheriff $74,150

Total Damage $285,577

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