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08-21-04 Local man accused of taking bank cards

By Margie Wuebker

  A Celina man faces multiple charges stemming for the alleged theft and attempted use of bank cards.

  Benjamin F. Seigler, 39, 812 Pro Drive, Apt. 34, appeared Friday morning in Mercer County Common Pleas Court on two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property, all fifth-degree felonies.
  Peter VanArsdel was appointed defense council and bond was set at $30,000 subject to 10 percent pending arraignment at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27.
  Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Fox told the court Seigler is wanted by authorities for pending cases in two Paulding and Hardin counties.
  Seigler allegedly took two ATM cards belonging to a Celina couple and then attempted to use them at the Wal-Mart plaza and Community First Bank & Trust. The ATMs reportedly retained the cards when the user failed to enter the correct pin number and took photographs. A subsequent investigation determined Seigler had been at the home Aug. 2 and 3 when the cards were allegedly obtained.  If convicted, each charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
  Seigler's case was one of 17 a Mercer County grand jury considered Thursday. Jurors heard from 11 witnesses before returning 16 indictments. They failed to return a bill in one case. The names of those indicted remain secret until all the paperwork is served.


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