Convicted jewelry thief in trouble again

Cary Ashby • Aug 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A convicted jewelry thief admitted to violating his probation Monday and will be held in custody until he is transported to a locked-down treatment center.

Akron resident Cody M. Bruner, 24, was convicted of receiving stolen property May 29 in Summit County Common Pleas Court. His other local probation violation was changing his address without permission and since May 9, his whereabouts were unknown. Bruner was released from the Summit County Jail that same day.

On Monday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway added two years to Bruner's three years of intensive probation. The judge told the defendant he wants to see him obtain a job and work on paying $10,236 in restitution to one set of victims and $1,000 to two more. Some of the victims are Bruner's relatives.

Bruner also was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

The defendant's underlying conviction is theft from the elderly. As part of a plea deal in July 2013, prosecutors dismissed one count each of grand theft and theft.

"I want to let you guys know I'm sorry," Bruner told his relatives during his Aug. 29 sentencing hearing. "I want the opportunity to make it right. I know it will take some time."

On March 4 and April 1, 2013, Bruner stole several items -- amounting to more than $7,500 -- from a person who was older than 65. More than $1,500 of the items were jewelry.

Bruner's aunt has said the family offered him help many times for his drug addiction and she'd be willing to help him "work it out," but he ultimately betrayed the trust of his grandmother.

"I want him to know how much he hurt everyone with all this," the aunt said. "There are things your grandmother lost that belonged to your grandfather."

Bruner was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to obtain his GED. With credit for time already served, he had fewer than 60 days remaining on his jail term.

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