A judge on Monday in Warren County Common Pleas Court sentenced two
people to prison for their roles in a statewide crime ring that involved
sneaking into dozens of corporations throughout Ohio and stealing
employees' credit cards, authorities announced.
Larry D. Cobb,
55, of Leavittsburg, Ohio was sentenced to seven years in prison. Cobb pleaded guilty
to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Kristina M. Petty,
37, of Cleveland, received a four-year prison sentence on Monday. She pleaded guilty to
conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.
month, Jodie Petty, 31, was sentenced to community control. She
is currently serving a prison sentence for related charges in other
Deshawn Mitchell, 35, was sentenced in December to three years in prison.
Special state prosecutors say said Cobb formed the criminal enterprise in 2012. He sneaked into office buildings
and stole credit cards, cash and other unattended items. Cobb and his
co-conspirators then used the stolen credit cards to quickly buy
electronics, gifts cards and other items that they could sell for cash.
individuals were part of a large crime ring that stole credit cards out of the
purses and wallets of unsuspecting employees in offices stretching from
Cincinnati to Youngstown and many places in between," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
said. "We are grateful to the many law enforcement agencies that helped to
investigate these crimes and put an end to this scam."
Approximately 35 law enforcement agencies across the state investigated the case.