by David O’Janpa
Last January, as we began seating thousands of princes and princesses and their parents attending a performance of Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes, Arena Team Leaders met with detectives from the Amherst, Ohio police.
An Amherst home had been burglarized and two tickets to that performance were among the items taken. We were given the section, row, and seat numbers of the pilfered ducats. A plan was put into effect to arrange for the police detectives to interview anyone who showed up with the stolen tickets. A man, woman and small child arrived with the tickets just as the show began and they were whisked away quickly and quietly to the arena’s police room.
The family was interviewed by the detectives and released. They were returned to different seats and watched the The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the rest of the princesses complete their tales.
The individuals interviewed were not involved in the burglary, but led them to suspects in one of the largest burglary rings in Ohio history!
Joseph P. Moore, 46, of Brooklyn, Ohio, went on trial Monday, September 24, 2007 before Judge Paul H. Mitrovich on 105 counts of burglary and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The former electrician could be senenced to up to 850 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Moore is the alleged ringleader of 145 break-ins spanning Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Summit and Medina counties that occurred from December 2004 through February 2007. Moore’s indictment contains more charges than anyone the Lake County Prosecutor has ever seen.
Two other defendents in the case have already received prison sentences of three and twelve years
When Disney on Ice visits our arena, it is always one of the most enjoyable times of the year as we assist families making important memories cheering on their Disney heroes. This year we got a chance to help make a difference as we played our role in helping defeat some villains.
Seating Team Leader
The Q Arena
Other media accounts of the story are at Media Story and News Story. These actions actually took place last January 18 and the police announced the arrests last March 23 but the main defendant, Joseph P. Moore, is currently on trial so more detail is coming out now.