Perkins Township police bust store owners in shoplifting scheme fueling heroin epidemic
PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio– Perkins Township served three search warrants on Thursday in a shoplifting scheme they say was helping fuel the area’s heroin problem.
The detective bureau started investigating Double E’s Buy and Sell five months ago. Perkins Township police said the owners, Eric Petrick and Emmanuel Harvey, knowingly bought stolen merchandise to sell on eBay from shoplifters knows as boosters.
“We found through the investigation that this business not only was involved in the buying and selling of stolen merchandise but through one aspect of the enterprise was helping to fuel the heroin epidemic in our area for these boosters,” police said in a news release on Thursday. “Most of the known boosters are or have been addicted to the drug and this group enables these people to obtain cash to support their addiction.”
Boosters targets Dick’s Sporting Good, JCPenney, Kroger, Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, Target and Meijer.
According to police, the group fenced stolen items worth seven figures over the last three years. One store lost $20,000 in merchandise over just four months.
Arrest warrants were filed for seven suspects and more charges are expected.