6 charged in northwest Ohio in truck theft ring


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Six men from northwest Ohio, including four family members, have been indicted on federal charges of running a multi-state truck theft ring and cutting up the rigs for parts.

The 17-count indictment was announced Friday by federal prosecutors and the FBI.

The defendants are charged with running the truck theft ring out of two locations in Toledo and stealing vehicles in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

They allegedly dismantled stolen semi-trucks, trailers and cargo, and dealt in stolen vehicles and parts.

The charges include conspiracy, theft of interstate shipments and transporting stolen vehicles and goods.

The attorney for defendant Michael Deutsch of Toledo says he will plead not guilty. The other defense attorneys either were unavailable or had no comment.