Eight people, one business indicted in stolen property case at a Cleveland liquor permit

OIU News Release

Date: May 23, 2017
Contact: Agent-in-Charge Greg Croft
(216) 898-1870

Eight people, one business indicted in stolen property case at a Cleveland liquor permit

(CLEVELAND) – Last week, a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted eight people and one business in connection with stolen property sold out of a Cleveland liquor permit.

In February, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit and officers with the Cleveland and Middleburg Heights police departments conducted search warrants at K & C, Inc., also known as Ridge Café, 7216 Clark Avenue, in Cleveland, as well as a private residence.

The search warrant was conducted after agents received information that K & C, Inc., was purchasing and reselling stolen property. During the investigation, agents discovered more than $10,000 worth of alleged stolen property and sold multiple food stamp cards to the suspects. The property included hot water tanks, roofing shingles, plumbing and building supplies, and liquor. Agents also purchased heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine from the suspects at the bar. 

The grand jury indicted the following:

  • Kenneth K. Sapp, 82, of Middleburg Heights, on one count of engaging in corrupt activity, a second degree felony; conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, a second degree felony; four counts of felony receiving stolen property; four counts of misdemeanor receiving stolen property; 10 counts of money laundering, a third degree felony; seven counts of illegal use of food stamps, a fifth degree felony; two counts of falsification, a first degree misdemeanor; and four counts of illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source, a first degree misdemeanor.
  • Coletta J. Emrich, 77, of Middleburg Heights, on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second degree felony; one count of conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity, a second degree felony; one count of felony receiving stolen property; two counts of illegal use of food stamps, a fifth degree felony; four counts of illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source, a first degree misdemeanor; and one count of misdemeanor receiving stolen property.
  • Benjamin R. Moore, 44, of Cleveland, on one count of drug possession, a fourth degree felony, and two counts of drug trafficking, a fourth degree felony.
  • Stacey R. Herrada, 29, of Cleveland, on three counts of drug trafficking, a fifth degree felony, and two counts of illegal use of food stamps, also a fifth degree felony.
  • Michael J. Moore, 33, of Cleveland, on one count of drug trafficking, a fifth degree felony.
  • Billy R. Blair, 58, of Cleveland, on two counts of illegal use of food stamps, a fifth degree felony, and three counts of drug trafficking, also a fifth degree felony.
  • Ronnie L. Varney, 52, of Cleveland, on one count of misdemeanor receiving stolen property.
  • Daniel R. Vanzant, 46, of Sheffield Lake, on one count each of receiving stolen property and falsification, each a first degree misdemeanor.
  • K&C Inc., was indicted on four counts of illegal possession of intoxicating liquor not obtained from an authorized source, a first degree misdemeanor.

During the search warrant, agents seized $12,000 worth of suspected stolen property, two EBT cards and $57,644 in U.S. currency. The Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement loss prevention departments assisted agents with the investigation. 

Administrative charges were issued in February against the liquor permit. Administrative charges will be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission at a later date. Possible administrative penalties include fines, suspensions or revocation of the liquor permit.

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