Couple indicted for theft, identity fraud


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



A Delaware County Grand Jury has returned a 34-count indictment against a couple for a theft spree involving stolen purses and credit cards.

The grand jury indicted Jennifer Byrum, 36, of Grove City, Ohio and Eugene Clark, 42, of Hamilton, Ohio, on Friday and charged each with 18 counts of theft, 16 fifth-degree felonies, one fourth-degree felony and one misdemeanor and 16 counts of identity fraud, 12 fourth-degree felonies, two third-degree felonies and two fifth-degree felonies.

Prosecutors report charges stem from a June 17, 2016, call to law enforcement that a purse had been stolen in the parking lot of the Genoa Township Kroger store.

“A customer reported her purse had been snatched from her cart as she unloaded groceries into her vehicle,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Her credit cards were used a short time later.”

Video surveillance showed a maroon Chevy S10 leaving the scene. The driver and passenger were later caught on camera purchasing gift cards with the stolen credit cards.

An investigation revealed the boyfriend/girlfriend duo were suspects in several similar crimes at various other retailers.

Arraignments for the couple have not yet been set.

A number of other individuals were indicted by the grand jury including:

Clinton D. Faggs, III, of Marion, on two counts of domestic violence, third-degree felonies; two counts of kidnapping, second-degree felonies and two counts of assault, first-degree misdemeanors. An arraignment has been set for Feb. 3 at 2:15 p.m.

Arraignments for the remaining individuals have not yet been scheduled in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Kyle R. Gordon, of 221 Leawood Drive, Delaware, on one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony.

Falicia S. Lanier, of Columbus, on two counts of theft, one fifth-degree felony and one first-degree misdemeanor; a count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony and one count of attempted theft, a first-degree felony.

Sabrina A. R. Green, of 235 Hearthstone Drive, Delaware, on three counts of theft, a fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies and one count of trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Scott Blanchard, of 1323 West Towne Lane, Apt. C, Delaware, on one count of receiving stolen property.

Muhammed Jabbi, of Columbus, on six counts of identity fraud, fifth-degree felonies.

Michael C. McGee, of Columbus, on one count of failure to comply, a fourth-degree felony.

Terrence T. Drakeford, of Columbus, on five counts of receiving stolen property, one fourth-degree felony, one fifth-degree felony and three first-degree misdemeanors; one count of possessing criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony and one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Kyle S. Weimer, of Carroll, Ohio, on one count of forgery, a fifth-degree felony and one count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Baron M. Glenn, of Columbus, on four counts of identity fraud, fifth-degree felonies.

Victor Castro, of Corona, New York, on a count of theft, a fifth-degree felony and a count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Camilla F. Mella Uribe, of Houston, Texas, on a count of theft, a fifth-degree felony and a count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Matteo J. Clark, of Plain City, on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree felonies; two counts of vehicular assault, fourth-degree felonies and one count of operating vehicle under influence of alcohol or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Laura R. Kahl, of Powell, on two counts of theft, fourth-degree felonies.

Brandon T. Brown, of Columbus, on four counts of theft, two fifth-degree felonies and two first-degree misdemeanors.

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.