A man wanted for allegedly servicing as the “fence” in a large burglary ring is considered armed and dangerous, according to Columbus police on Friday.
Franklin D. Legg Jr. was indicted Sept. 12 in Madison County on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, six counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of trafficking heroin.
According to police, Legg, 38, would buy stolen goods from burglars for cash, or trade items for heroin. Legg then would sell the stolen goods for profit.
The Madison County prosecutor said Legg has been under investigation in multiple jurisdictions since 2009. He was released from prison on Aug. 31 on drug charges.
Burglars who allegedly sold items to Legg were stealing from rural areas in central Ohio, including Madison, Morrow, Licking, Delaware, Fairfield and Union counties.
Jennifer Curtiss of London said that her family fell victim to burglars in January 2010.
“I looked down the hallway and there were muddy footprints all down the hallway,” Curtiss said. “My husband’s family guitar and what was most traffic is they took my grandmother’s wedding rings and lots of my family jewelry that I’ll never get back, and that is the same year that my grandma passed away.”
Curtiss said that thieves stole more than $50,000 of her family’s belongings.
Columbus detectives are still searching for Legg, with the help of the U.S. Marshals.
Anyone with information about Legg’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.
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