Two sentenced in statewide criminal ring

Kristina Petty
Kristina Petty
Larry Cobb
Larry Cobb

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - 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.

Last month, Jodie Petty, 31, was sentenced to community control. She is currently serving a prison sentence for related charges in other counties.

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.

"These 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.

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