Two People Charged in Year-Old String of Chainsaw Thefts

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A year-long investigation into the theft of $10,000 worth of chainsaws in a single day has resulted in the arrests of two people. Ingham County deputies tell Ali Ivanov and Gaci Juric were arrested last month in the Chicago area. They believe Ivanov and Juric were part of a group of three people dressed as gypsies who stole the chainsaws from ten stores in Mid-Michigan on March 18, 2013. Stores in Williamston, Okemos, Bath, Holt, Grand Ledge, Charlotte, Portland and Caledonia were hit one after another. The thieves hid the chainsaws under dresses to get them out of the stores. Investigators say they sold them on Craigslist in the Chicago area. Ivanov and Juric are charged with fraud and racketeering.

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