Multi-county breaking & entering, theft suspects indicted by a Miami County Grand Jury

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TROY—A Miami County Grand Jury recently returned indictments against Derek V. Grimm, 34, Columbus and Morgan L. Carder, 25, Bradford for their involvement in countless thefts of tools and construction equipment across a 10 county area. The following indictments were returned against the duo;

Grimm, Derek V. – Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, 33 counts of felony theft, grand theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, and breaking and entering.

Carder, Morgan L. – Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy, 10 counts of felony theft, grand theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, and breaking and entering.

Their crime spree began in November, 2021 and ended in March, 2023. The pair targeted construction sites, tool trailers, and storage sheds. It is estimated that upwards of $100,000.00 worth of construction equipment and tools were stolen over that period. The thefts occurred in the following counties;

Miami
Darke
Shelby
Auglaize
Montgomery
Logan
Fayette
Delaware
Fairfield
Franklin

Miami County detectives collaborated with law enforcement agencies in all of the affected counties to bring Grimm and Carder to justice. It was decided by all involved counties to prosecute all of the crimes in Miami County.

Grimm is currently in the Miami County Jail on unrelated charges. Grimm and Carder are both expected to be arraigned in Common Pleas in the near future.