Checks thief sent to prison

Cary Ashby • Mar 27, 2013 at 3:07 PM

An area man who is on parole was sentenced to 10 months in prison Monday for stealing checks from a sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Timothy R. Crawford, 31, of Bucyrus, pleaded guilty at the same hearing to theft of checks for an Aug. 20 incident. He was convicted on a bill of information, meaning he waived his right to have the case presented to a grand jury.

Crawford smashed the side window of a woman's SUV, which was parked at a local doctor's office where she was working, and stole a purse, which held some checks and Visa cards, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

"He immediately went out and started running things up on them. ... He got about $500 out of those things," Leffler told the court.

The state, as part of a plea deal, agreed to dismiss one count of receiving stolen property.

Crawford must pay $1,250 in restitution to cover the cost of replacing the window and the transactions.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the defendant's sentence would run at the same time he serves eight months in prison for similar crimes in Huron and Crawford counties. Leffler and Huron County Public Defender David Longo jointly recommended the sentence.

In early February, Crawford pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property and was sentenced immediately to eight months in prison. The state dismissed a theft of checks charge in a plea agreement.

"He was in possession of the checks, (but) didn't use them," Leffler said at the time.

Crawford earlier served 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.

On Dec. 8, 2011, Crawford was released from the Lorain Correctional Institution after serving about two-thirds of a three-year term for a Wyandot County burglary. Prison records further indicate the defendant was on three years of supervision by the Adult Parole Authority.

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