Former Ford assembly plant employee accused of stealing $500,000 in parts

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AVON LAKE, Ohio – A former Ford assembly plant employee has been arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

Joseph Jankulovich, 48, of Sheffield Village was indicted on December 3 in Lorain County and turned himself in to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department on December 7.

Jankulovich, who worked at the plant for years is accused of stealing $500,000 in parts and then selling them on eBay.

A source told Fox 8 News that at one point so many of the expensive tire pressure sensors were missing, that it interfered with production.

“It’s just shocking really, especially working at a plant before, it’s really unbelievable,” said Jason Suter of Avon Lake after learning about the arrest.

Ford has since fired Jankulovich while continuing to investigate his activities with Avon Lake police.

According to court records, Jankulovich has a criminal history in Avon Lake, with domestic violence and disorderly conduct charges dating back to 1999.

Bond was set at $20,000.

Jankulovich posted bond and was released on his own personal recognizance after submitting to a standard DNA specimen collection procedure.

Fox 8 attempted but was unable to reach him at his home for comment.

Ford is also not commenting on the case at this time.

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