Deputies investigate multimillion- dollar theft

Former employee of corporate retreat allegedly stole tools, weapons, equipment and more.
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 21, 2013
A Margaretta Township man is accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of equipment and property from Owens-Illinois, an international glass company based out of Perrysburg.

In March, internal investigators at Owens-Illinois told Erie County deputies the manager of their corporate retreat property, Castalia Farms, allegedly stole more than $4 million worth of company property, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

Owens-Illinois decided to close its Heywood Road facility in 2011, citing a change in federal law and business practices, as well as the center’s high operation costs. The manager was instructed to maintain the property with the understanding it would soon be sold off, according to court documents.

A December 2012 review of operation costs, however, uncovered sky-high expenses at Castalia Farms.

As investigators delved deeper into the case, they found “what appeared to be extremely inappropriate spending during the 2012 year,” according to court documents.

Company employees then interviewed the manager twice in March 2013, which “did nothing but increase all doubts concerning his veracity,” the documents stated.    In interviews with investigators, the man admitted to stealing the property, according to the documents, but exactly how much he stole — and how it was acquired — has yet to be determined.

On Tuesday, deputies executed three search warrants: one at the man’s Homegardner Road home, one at his mother’s home and one at his Barrett Road boat storage facility.

Deputies uncovered and documented a vast amount of property at each location — dozens upon dozens of firearms, thousands of dollars worth of tools, recreation vehicles, numerous sets of china, laptops, assorted electronics, and even fuel tanks he stored in his yard. This list is still only a small sample of all the items.

Owens-Illinois had received an anonymous letter accusing the man of selling the stolen goods.

Two days after deputies completed an inventory of the items, company employees went to the man’s home and gathered the property that belonged to Castalia Farms, Sigsworth said.

Given the volume of the financial data investigators are analyzing, Ohio BCI agents are also involved in the case. FBI agents are assisting as well, deputies said.

It could be months or more before charges are filed, Sigsworth said.

Comments

deertracker

Damn dude. Where's his picture? Arrest?

margaritaville88

Mike Conrad...no wonder there are 3 houses on his 'pad' of land...and the boat storage across from Clemons? I bet there have been lots of goods stolen and sold over the years..sad

thomtom

Likw we could not see this coming... you cant make 50000.00 a year and have millions of dollars in assets.. next you will see all his buddys names in here too...I told you so...

2Timothy1-7

Interesting. I recall a woman employed at Castalia Farms was prosecuted for theft back in 2006. She claimed her boss was stealing millions back then but OI didn't want to hear it. She also alleged that Baxter was protecting the thefts

Julie R.

Baxter does that a lot, doesn't he?

Didn't do it

His bud on old railroad,plus many others greed greed,now carma

Didn't do it

Daaaa! As many people you burnt and you thought you would get away with this got a rope for your and your buds soap

thomtom

Yes the girl they caught back then went to prison..

Ithink

Who was this again? It's bugging me that I can't think of her name.

Didn't do it

4 million a new tractor cost half mill sky lifts etc etc how do his buddy's like him now by by big man I bet millions are gone stupid!

Centauri

"In March, internal investigators at Owens-Illinois told Erie County deputies the manager of their corporate retreat property, Castalia Farms, allegedly stole more than $4 million worth of company property, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said."

Let's see what the Democrat Erie County Prosecutor does with this registered Erie County, Ohio Democrat.

Why no name or photo? He must have connections.

Manager? Michael K. C***** born 1967?

thomtom

bud out on old railroad?????

The Big Dog's back

We'll have to see what right wingnut "businessman" doesn't post on here anymore.

Centauri

"We'll have to see what right wingnut "businessman" doesn't post on here anymore."

I am just warming up. I give third chances. I will let the second chance slide.

http://donrosenberger.150m.com/l...

What would you do with over 100,000 condoms and a bill for over $30,000?

Who will you call? How will you deal with a $30,000 bill? How will you pay?

http://donrosenberger.150m.com/l...

Will you push me to your third chance? Be very careful.

Pterocarya frax...

May I ask why you are threatening people on here?

thomtom

Gee is the new tractor sitting out on Wahl road???

Didn't do it

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Didn't do it

They both can kiss my but big time they are

Didn't do it

His dad robbed a business in b town and got away with it maybe Miley thinks he can to

Didn't do it

The big dog is mr Conrad by by stupid a@@

Didn't do it

By by little big dog

Didn't do it

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thomtom

Oh ok I was thinking the fuel man out on old railroad.. I wonder if mike will take the heat for this or bring down all the rest of them that took part in this.

lugnut2511

I seen that toolbox, I remember the tool man telling me, whatever came out new this guy wanted one and had a open checkbook for whatever he wanted. How can this spending like this go on for so long is beyond me.

thomtom

They just got a new CEO and he does not like to entertain like the old one did, so thats another reason the club shut down..

Commenter

So did he get arrested?

Commenter

duplicate...

Didn't do it

Any new news yet,or are they letting him sweat oh maybe he is cherping like a bird to take his buddy's down lots of people sweating I bet?