Alleged WJ thief appears in court

A Springfield man appeared in Madison County Common Pleas Court Monday for ordering 38 computers through the technology company Apple with a fake email address, and picking them up from FedEx in West Jefferson.

Adebowale Balogun, 33, is charged with two counts of theft, two counts of complicity to telecommunications fraud and two counts of attempted theft. He attended his informal pretrial hearing on Monday.

The stolen computers were valued at more than $38,000, and were taken on Feb. 25, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

Balogun used the fake email address to pose as a Columbus Big Lots store submitting an order, Adkins said. The order was set to be delivered by FedEx, Apple’s shipping company, but Balogun changed the status of the order from delivery to pick up.

He then showed up at FedEx in West Jefferson, presented fake identification, and took the computers.

Balogun is represented by Springfield attorney Richard Mayhall. He was placed on house arrest with work release privileges at his arraignment.

The West Jefferson Police Department investigated the incident.

Balogun’s formal pretrial hearing is currently scheduled for July 21.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.