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Four Charged with Stealing from Corporate Employees

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) -- A Warren County grand jury indicted four people accused of walking into corporations and stealing from employees who left their wallets or purses unattended. Prosecutors and the Ohio Attorney General say the thefts took place at two of the largest employers in the county and across the state.

The suspects are then accused of buying electronics, gift cards and other items they could turn around and sell for cash.

Larry Cobb faces 17 counts and Deshawn Mitchell faces eight.  Kristina Petty faces seven counts and Jodie Petty faces eight. The charges against them include burglary, money laundering, and misuse of credit cards.

"Our year-long investigation has revealed that Mr. Cobb and his co-defendants are professional thieves, and brazen ones at that," said Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell. "They are accused of walking through the doors of some of our most prominent businesses in Warren County and the rest of Ohio and stealing from their employees. It is literally a way of lie for these defendants."

Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than two dozen law enforcement agencies worked to track down the suspects.



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