Ohio authorities break up organized theft ring

AKRON, Ohio --

Investigators in northeast Ohio say they've broken up a massive theft ring that involved more than 50 people and operated in three states.

WKYC-TV reported that the thieves stole items from stores such as Lowes, Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart and Home Depot and then returned the merchandise for in-store credit cards, which investigators said were resold for cash.

Summit County sheriff's deputies said the thefts took place in six Ohio counties, including Hamilton County, as well as Pennsylvania and New York.

The thieves stole clothing, tools and construction materials, the station reported.

Some of the money and materials were used to renovate homes in Shaker Heights, East Cleveland and Bratanahl, deputies said.

Two people have been arrested, the station reported, and arrest warrants have been issued for the other suspects.

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