Former exterminator facing theft charges

Former exterminator facing theft charges

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A former pest control service man already arrested for stealing from his customers is facing more criminal charges after Volusia County Sheriff's investigators linked the suspect to two theft cases.

Port Orange police charged 44-year-old Johnny Swanger on Tuesday with burglary and grand theft after he was captured on surveillance video trying to pawn some property that had been stolen from a house. Sheriff's investigators also filed criminal charges against Swanger on Tuesday after connecting him to two similar thefts.

The thefts for which the Sheriff's Office charged Swanger were reported in June and August of 2012. The first victim, a 74-year-old woman, reported four rings valued at $4,100 were missing from her home. The second victim, a 59-year-old woman, had five rings and two bracelets valued at about $3,300 swiped from her residence.

The common denominator in both cases was that both victims were customers of Dave's Pest Control. Investigators developed Swanger as a suspect after learning that he had worked for the company for about 14 months before being fired last July. Further investigation revealed that Swanger had sold a lot of jewelry to area pawn shops, and some of it closely matched the description of the rings and bracelets stolen from the two victims.

On Tuesday, Sheriff's investigators filed two charges of grand theft against Swanger, each carrying a $10,000 bond. Meanwhile, investigators suspect there may be additional victims. Anyone who has had Swanger in their home and then later discovered missing property is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at(386) 423-3301.


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