Ohio father, son arrests follow retail theft trend

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the recent arrest of a father and son in an undercover sting in which they believed they were buying stolen retail items to sell at a southwest Ohio flea market underscores the thriving black market for such deals.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Charles and Randall Cantrell were convicted last week of receiving stolen property in connection with the sale of Tide laundry detergent pods at Traders World Flea Market in Monroe.

The sting operation was initiated following complaints from a local Kroger supermarket that thefts were on the rise. Prosecutors say the Cantrells agreed to purchase stolen merchandise on four occasions from undercover officers.

Officials say the arrests follow an increasing trend of stolen consumer items being sold at flea markets and online.