A flea market vendor police say served as the ringleader of a retail theft operation has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.
Jeremy Barrett, 32, of Oakley, pleaded guilty to one count receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, Monday in Warren County Court of Common Pleas.
Two other charges were dropped, including misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property and theft.
Warren County sheriffs arrested Barrett on Feb. 14 after receiving a report of a theft in progress at the Deerfield Township Walmart.
Store security reported observing two female shoplifters stealing over-the-counter medications, razors, deodorant and body spray. When they apprehended the women, the pair fled the store. One of the women was observed getting into a van police operated by Barrett.
When police apprehended the vehicle, they recovered between $20,000 and $30,000 of personal care products stolen from area Walmart stores.
Investigators say Barrett hired the women to boost the products from stores, which he then resold at a local flea market. It is unclear which flea market he operated at.
Barrett faces up to 12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine when a judge sentences him Aug. 20.