Created on Saturday, 05 January 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
KENTON — A Ridgeway man pleaded not guilty Friday to 29 criminal charges that accuse him of participating in an organized theft operation with at least one other man, according to area reports.
Aaron Sells, 28, is charged with 10 counts of grand theft with gun specifications, 10 counts of receiving stolen property with gun specifications, one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of offenses involving tampering with identifying numbers to conceal identity of vehicle or part; replacement, one count of tampering with evidence, and two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Sells faces a maximum penalty of 97.5 years in prison on all charges. He was assigned a trial date of Feb. 21.
Sells’ bond was set at $75,000, but Hardin County Magistrate Maria Santo gave him a chance to post 10 percent of it to be released from jail pending trial.
On Thursday, Sells’ codefendant Michael Moore, 21, pleaded not guilty to 24 criminal charges, most similar to the charges Sells faces. Moore was assigned a trial date of Feb. 12.
The charges against the men allege they stole numerous items, including guns, cars, jewelry, dirt bikes, ATVs, yard equipment and vehicles.
In late November, Hardin County Sheriff deputies raided the home of Sells’ parents at 16363 Township Road, near Ridgeway. They found hundreds of items in numerous buildings on the property and numerous guns buried on the property.