Marysville News

Father and son face 30-count theft indictments

A Marysville father and son each face 30-count indictments related to a multicounty theft investigation led by the Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement task force.

According to a news release from the task force, Brandon C. Huff, 21, and Charles G. Huff, 46, who share the same last known address on Kenny Lane in Marysville, are charged with breaking and entering, theft, receiving stolen property and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The charges range in severity from a first-degree misdemeanor to second-, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

In Dec-ember 2013, task force members started investigating a string of break-ins and thefts at unoccupied homes, most of which were either under construction or put up for sale due to foreclosure. The Huffs are accused of entering the homes and removing copper wiring, plumbing and construction tools or equipment, the release said.

The task force reached out to other agencies that were seeing the same types of theft cases.

Investigators from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and police departments in Dublin, Grove City and Upper Arlington worked with task force detectives to determine whether the Huffs could be responsible for multiple criminal offenses in Union, Delaware and Franklin counties.

The Huffs were indicted Feb. 6 on 30 criminal counts each related to crimes they are accused of committing in all three counties between April 2013 and January 2014, according to the release.

The estimated total loss to the victims is more than $30,000.

Brandon Huff was arrested Jan. 15 by Marysville police in what the task force said is an unrelated robbery investigation. As of early Friday, Feb. 14, he was still in the Tri-County Regional Jail.

Charles Huff was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 12, and also remained in the Tri-County jail as of Friday.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned March 7 in Union County Common Pleas Court.

"We suspect they are responsible for many more thefts and break-ins in the three county area, but we don't currently have the evidence to place them at other crime scenes," Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said in the release.

Union County Prosecutor David Phillips will prosecute all the cases in Union County.