Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced today his office is investigating a multijurisdictional theft ring that has led to the arrest of a New Carlisle man. On August 2, 2017, deputies received a tip from the Celina Police Department that led to charges that same day against Frederick Hale Jr., age 49, of New Carlisle, Ohio (formerly of Karafit Rd., Celina).
The investigation of Mr. Hale led deputies to search locations in both Shelby County, Ohio and Clark County, Ohio, where multiple stolen items were recovered and seized as evidence. Most of the items were stolen from businesses throughout the state. The items seized includes 2 lawn mowers taken from TSC of Celina, Ohio as well as coolers, box fans, grills, and chairs from the Dollar General store located at State Route 219 and U.S. 127.
Mr. Hale was incarcerated on 5th degree felony charges of theft and is being held on a $100,000.00 bond. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the investigation to determine if other charges are warranted. Mr. Hale was out on bond from previous theft and pattern of corrupt activities charges at the time of this arrest. Mercer County deputies were assisted in this investigation by the Celina Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Sheriff’s Office.