Man pleads guilty to running theft ring

Up to a dozen people linked to Urbana crime operation.

Scott E. Rollins, 40, of 401 Western Ave., Mechanicsburg, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a third-degree felony, and theft, a fifth-degree felony, court records show.

Rollins had been indicted by a Champaign County grand jury on charges that he led a theft ring involving about a dozen people who stole at least $1,500 in merchandise from the store between November last year and January this year.

Amber J. Jenkins, 29, of 419 Loudon St., Urbana, was an employee at the store and was sentenced to three years probation.

Jenkins had pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity and receiving stolen property. Police said after the items were stolen, Jenkins helped return them to the store for cash.

Rollins’ attorney did not return a call seeking comment. Rollins is scheduled to face sentencing Aug. 5 in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Police were investigating another case when officers learned about the incidents at Walmart. According to authorities, security staff from the store helped investigate the case, which included video evidence and statements from many of the suspects involved.

As part of the plea agreement, court records show Rollins was ordered to repay more than $1,700 in restitution to Walmart with the assistance of Jenkins.

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