Heirloom jewelry theft accomplice granted intervention

Cary Ashby • Jun 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A woman involved in the theft of her ex-boyfriend’s family heirlooms has been granted intervention in lieu of conviction.

Rachel A. Bouldin, 21, of Woodville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving stolen property, but her conviction won’t be imposed if she successfully completes substance abuse treatment while on probation. Her receiving stolen property charge is for a Dec. 28 incident.

Bouldin’s one-time boyfriend, Gerald B. Chandler, 29, of Bucyrus, pleaded guilty April 2 to theft from the elderly. He was sentenced to 120 days in the Huron County Jail with credit for being in custody for 69 days. Chandler wasn’t eligible to be screened for a locked-down substance abuse treatment center because of a prior felony conviction and officials determined he’s at “moderate” risk to re-offend.

Chandler, as part of his three years of intensive probation, must pay $532 in restitution. If he violates the terms of his community control sanctions, he faces 18 months in prison.

The couple were living with Chandler’s 80-year-old grandmother in Monroeville at the end of December.

Chandler’s grandmother came home New Year’s Eve and realized someone stole “a bunch of jewelry,” including some rings belonging to Chandler’s mother, and some coins after she carefully inspected her house. The co-defendants later sold the stolen items to businesses in Willard, Mansfield and Toledo, a prosecutor said earlier.

The victim spoke at Chandler’s sentencing hearing. She said she was upset and “very sad” about the theft of so many family heirlooms.

“There were some things I hated seeing gone,” the woman said.

In Crawford County Common Pleas Court, Chandler pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to receiving stolen property. He was placed on one year of probation for a related set of circumstances.

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