Vehicle theft ring suspects indicted

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Five people from Trumbull County were indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday on 10 counts each for their involvement in what police said was ring of thieves stealing from unlocked cars and trucks.

Those indicted were Rex Putnam, 34, of Warren; Roxann Putnam, 32, of Warren; Mark Mansfield, 30, of Niles; Tera Watters, 24, of Niles; and Keith Sarrach, 23, of Niles. They each are facing one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, one count of felony burglary, one count of attempted theft, four counts of felony theft and three counts of receiving stolen property.

All but Rex Putnam are listed on the inmate roster at the Mahoning County Jail.

According to police, Mahoning County Sheriff deputies and members from the U.S. Marshals Task Force raided a home on Huntley Drive in Howland on June 18, where they found five duffle bags full of suspected stolen merchandise. Officers had gone there looking for Rex Putnam and Mark Mansfield, who were arrested at the Howland home.

Roxann Putnam, Watters and Sarrach were arrested two days prior to the raid during a traffic stop after a rash of thefts in Poland Township.



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