YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – An investigation conducted across several Mahoning County policing agencies has resulted in a 72-count indictment against a Struthers couple.
According to police, Timothy Esposito and Tara Meta, both 41, are charged with 72 counts of theft in connection to burglaries dating back several months in Poland Township, Struthers, Boardman and Springfield Township.
Detective Jeff Lewis with the Struthers Police Department said U.S. Marshal Glen Riddle was serving an arrest warrant for Esposito’s brother at the couple’s Riley Street home in Struthers on Oct. 24 when he noticed several items lying around the living room of the house. He suspected the items were stolen and contacted Struthers police.
Lewis said Poland Township already was investigating Meta and Esposito because officer Dennis Schweers had stopped and identified them walking around the township at night.
Lewis said a search warrant was obtained and hundreds of items were taken from the home on Nov. 5. Lewis said he contacted Poland, Boardman and Springfield townships and the agencies compared reports of theft and discovered many of the items where part of the evidence seized at the Riley Street house.
“We hauled off a whole room full of stolen items. The majority of it was matched up to thefts in Poland Township and some were from Pulaski Township,” Lewis said. “All four of us we pulled our reports and went back through all of the evidence and matched all the items up.”
The stolen items include cash, jewelry, electronics, household items and two vehicles. Lewis said the couple recently moved to the Struthers area from Youngstown.
Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin said it’s good the suspects are off the streets.
“They would walk until they got what they wanted, then they would move on. And again, this is a group responsible for thefts over into Pennsylvania,” Goodin said. “Everybody started working together, exchanging information, reports and tracking them down. And lo and behold, we were able to get enough information to obtain a search warrant.”
And even though Esposito and Meta are behind bars, Goodin said their work still is not complete.
“It is an ongoing thing. As soon as they put somebody away, there is always somebody taking their place,” Goodin said.
Esposito and Meta also are facing 60 additional theft charges out of Pulaski, Pa.