COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday the arrest of six adults from Dayton and two juveniles in connection with at least 61 related break-ins at cell phone stores in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
According to prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine's Economic Crimes Unit, the suspects, who operated in two separate, but related, groups are accused of committing the "smash and grab" crimes between April 2012 and January 2014.
They say the individuals typically targeted Verizon Wireless businesses and are believed to have stolen more than $300,000 in electronics such as Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices.
The suspects then allegedly sold the devices and spent the money on items such as designer clothing and hotel rooms.
Although the two groups are charged as separate criminal organizations, investigators found that both groups used an identical method of operation, and some suspects are believed to have committed crimes with both sets of individuals.
According to indictment, members of Group #1 are believed to have committed at least 34 break-ins spanning 27 law enforcement jurisdictions in Ohio and Kentucky.
Members of Group #2 are accused in connection with at least 27 break-ins spanning 22 law enforcement jurisdictions in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
This is includes stores in Portsmouth, Jackson and Athens.