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Three arrested for stealing credit cards, cigarettes

Albert Watson Jr.Two men and a woman were arrested on theft-related charges near Lakeview Tuesday night around eleven o'clock.

Initially, an officer from the Washington Township Police Department was paying for gasoline at the Midway Marathon, 8758 Township Road 239.

The officer saw a man purchase a large amount of cigarettes with multiple credit cards.

The gas station clerk told the officer the occupants acted suspiciously while inside the business.

As the officer began to leave Midway Marathon, he observed the vehicle drive to a nearby trash can and discard multiple credit cards.

Demas YohannesA traffic stop was conducted and the occupants were identified as Albert Watson Jr., 27, of Columbus; Demas Yohannes, 29, of Columbus; and Mikel Cundiff, 26, of Canton.

A probable cause search was completed on the vehicle.

Multiple credit cards, believed to be stolen, and approximately 75 cartons of cigarettes valued at $5,000 were recovered from the vehicle.

Mikel CundiffAll three occupants were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.

They were lodged in the Logan County Jail.

The investigation continues and additional charges are expected to be filed.

The U.S. Secret Service is assisting with the investigation.

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