Firefighter, laid off officer indicted for theft

Posted at 2:25 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 18:03:25-04

A Valley View firefighter and a laid off Newburgh Heights police officer were indicted on Wednesday for charges linked to thefts of precious metals from two companies, according to court documents.

Michael Simon, a co-owner of a cleaning service, was the firefighter and his son Nicholas R. Simon was the laid off officer, according to sources connected to the investigation. 

Sources also said that Michael Simon, charged with tampering with records, theft, grand theft and theft in office, confessed his involvement. He also cashed in stolen copper while on the job.

Nicholas R. Simon was charged with receiving stolen property. Michael Simon's tampering with records charge was over a two year time span from March of 2013 to July of 2015.

The indictment stated Michael Simon stole yellow brass from Sherwood Valve, LLC. He also stole copper, wire, and stainless steel from Emerson Power Network. Both companies are located in Valley View.

A friend of Michael Simon and former neighbor, John Szustakowski, was also indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property.

The indictment said the precious metals that were stolen included yellow brass, copper, wire, and stainless steel valued at upwards of approximately $50,000.