Man caught with stolen credit card gets prison term

Aaron Krause • Feb 9, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Timothy Crawford, 31, of Bucyrus, was sentenced to eight months in prison for possessing a stolen credit card.

Crawford pleaded guilty Friday to one count of receiving stolen property. The state dropped a theft of checks charge. The judge then sentenced him on the spot.

"He was in possession of the checks (but) didn't use them," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

Last month, the defendant's mother has indicated her son wants to make a plea deal on local receiving stolen property charges. However, he wasn't able to attend that hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court because he was serving a 60-day sentence in the Crawford County Jail.

He was charged with one count each of possession of heroin and drug abuse plus a probation violation.

In the local case, Crawford is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. The two felonies are in connection with an Aug. 22 incident and involved credit cards and checks.

The defense attorney told the judge he received a letter from Crawford's mother who wrote that her son wants to make a plea deal, but he just couldn't make it to court.

Leffler, at that hearing, said he was open to a deal as long as Crawford pleads guilty to one of the two charges.

After the hearing, Leffler said the defendant was caught on video reportedly making some transactions in the Willard area.

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