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Five indicted in organized crime investigation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Five people are indicted in connection with an organized crime investigation in southwest Ohio.

According to investigators, the majority of the group is accused of collectively stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from several small businesses in southeast Ohio.  The suspects primarily targeted small businesses with ATMs or safes.

The following suspects were indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury on the following charges:

David Kestler, 18 counts
o Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
o Breaking and Entering (4)
o Theft (6)
o Safecracking (4)
o Failure to Comply
o Theft of a Motor Vehicle (2)

Daniel Wedig, 18 counts
o Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
o Breaking and Entering (4)
o Theft (6)
o Safecracking (4)
o Failure to Comply
o Theft of a Motor Vehicle (2)

Jason Chadwick, 15 counts
o Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
o Breaking and Entering (3)
o Theft (5)
o Safecracking (4)
o Failure to Comply
o Theft of a Motor Vehicle 

Coleman Watts, Three counts
o Breaking and Entering
o Theft of a Motor Vehicle
o Safecracking

Fredrick Gilliam, One count
o Obstructing Justice

The indictments are in connection to break-in and theft incidents at Hahanna Beach in Anderson Township, Cash America Pawn in Silverton, Sunoco in Madeira, and the 5/3rd Bank in Cincinnati.

Kestler and Wedig were also indicted in connection to a break-in at Degree Landscaping in West Chester.

Watts and Gilliam were indicted for their roles in the Sunoco and Cash America Pawn break-ins, respectively. 

The Madeira and Silverton police departments are credited with first identifying the pattern of crimes, and West Chester police coordinated the effort to form an investigative task force operated under the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC).

Authorities served arrest warrants on the suspects this morning.  

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