Thief accused of violating probation

Cary Ashby • Jan 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A former Norwalk man convicted of stealing family heirlooms from his grandmother is accused of violating his probation.

Gerald B. Chandler, 30, is being held without bond at the Huron County Jail until his Feb. 10 hearing. A Huron County sheriff's deputy read the complaint to him before Tuesday's brief hearing in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

"He is aware of what the allegations are," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said without elaborating.

Probation officer Andrea Cooke said Chandler could be a good candidate for a community-based corrections facility, Longo said. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Longo said Chandler hopes to "expedite the case" once another charge is transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court.

In April in common pleas court, Chandler was sentenced to 120 days in jail for a theft-from-the-elderly conviction. Credited with being in custody for 71 days, he also was ordered to pay $532 in restitution to the victim as part of his three years of intensive probation.

His accomplice, Rachel A. Bouldin, 22, of Woodville, has a conviction pending on receiving stolen property, but it could be imposed if she violates the terms of the drug intervention program.

The couple were living with Chandler's 80-year-old grandmother in Monroeville at the end of December 2012.

Chandler's grandmother came home New Year's Eve 2012 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.

Chandler, early last year, was placed on one year of probation for a related set of circumstances through Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

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