Christopher Lee Kimmel found guilty, sentenced for theft of police ammunition and other items.

Posted on 12/4/2023

Defendant: Christopher Lee Kimmel

Christopher Lee Kimmel, 37, of Columbus pleaded guilty on Friday, Dec.
1, to multiple charges related to two thefts, one which involved stolen police ammunition.
Kimmel pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, three counts of possession of
criminal tools, four counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of grand theft, and two
counts of receiving stolen property.

Franklin County prosecutors John Gripshover and Thomas Stoltman prosecuted the case, and
Court of Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft, following the joint recommendation of the
prosecution and the defense, immediately sentenced Kimmel to six years in prison.

On March 24, Kimmel and James Mason Damien Scaff, 32, of Columbus broke into a
warehouse on Columbus’ west side and stole more than $70,000 worth of appliances.

On April 2, they broke into another west side warehouse and, using a stolen delivery truck, stole
two motorcycles and 162,000 rounds of rifle ammunition that was scheduled to be delivered to
the Columbus Division of Police.

Scaff pleaded guilty on Nov. 8 to multiple charges. He will be sentenced on Dec. 15.

“The fact that this massive amount of ammunition was released into this community creates a
significant risk to the safety of the public at large,” said Anthony Pierson, deputy chief counsel
for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. “However, we are pleased that the responsible
parties have been held accountable.”