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Warren County farm employee accused of stealing $215,000 in grain

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 1:59 PM
By: Lawrence Budd - Staff Writer

A local man has been accused of stealing $215,000 in grain from his farm employer over the past three years.

Robert L. Hull III, 38, of Clearcreek Township, was in the Warren County Jail without bond today, charged with felony theft.

Hull was a truck driver for Mike Farms, based in Clearcreek Twp., and hauled loads of grain to market in Cincinnati.

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“He would take a load for himself occasionally,” Clearcreek Twp. Police Chief John Terrill said Thursday.

Hull was arrested Tuesday after his indictment, which followed a three-month investigation, according to a press release.

On June 15, officials from Mike Farm Enterprises, headed by Mike Clark, contacted the Clearcreek Township Police Department about a suspected theft after discovering bookkeeping discrepancies, Terrill said.

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Investigation by Officer Jason Bates and Sgt. Larry Cornett found that from November 2014 to May of 2017, Hull allegedly stole large quantities of grain from his employer and sold them to local grain merchants for more than $215,000.

Instead of selling the loads, taken from different silos, for Mike Farms, Hull allegedly sold loads after convincing buyers he had a “side business,” Terrill said.

The value alleged is based on checks Hull allegedly received from the grain sales.

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Property believed to have been purchased with the proceeds of the thefts by Hull, including a Jeep, lawn equipment, firearms and tools, has been seized by authorities.

Hull is suspected of investing as much as $70,000 in the Jeep seized during a raid of his home, Terrill said.

Hull is to appear in Warren County Common Pleas Court on Friday at 8:30 a.m.