ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Man gets 11 years in prison for stealing cigarettes

A 35-year-old man will serve a local 11-month prison term for stealing about 240 cartons of cigarettes from a New London grocery store last year. But before being punished for this crime, he must finish his sentence for a conviction in Medina County. James R. Samkas II made a written confession in March about the Sept. 15, 2007 burglary at the West Main Street business. New London Police Chief Mark Holden, at the time, said the defendant admitted to being with "someone else, but he would not disclose who his accomplice was."
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A 35-year-old man will serve a local 11-month prison term for stealing about 240 cartons of cigarettes from a New London grocery store last year. But before being punished for this crime, he must finish his sentence for a conviction in Medina County.

James R. Samkas II made a written confession in March about the Sept. 15, 2007 burglary at the West Main Street business. New London Police Chief Mark Holden, at the time, said the defendant admitted to being with "someone else, but he would not disclose who his accomplice was."

"I'm not sure we caught the others, but we caught this guy," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

A Huron County grand jury indicted Samkas on theft as well as breaking and entering.

On Nov. 20, he was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Leffler said the culprits stole between $5,000 and $6,000 worth of cigarettes and did about $800 worth of damage to the business front door.

The business surveillance system showed two suspects who were wearing hoods. Holden has estimated the two men were in the store only two minutes after breaking the glass on the front door.

Investigators suspect Samkas worked with four people who have committed similar "smash and grab" incidents from as far north as Cleveland to as far south as Muskingum County, Holden said in March. Leffler described Samkas as a "long-time criminal (who has made) several trips to prison."

Samkas will serve his local sentence after he finishes a five -year term from Medina County, also for stealing cigarettes. He was convicted of 17 counts of breaking and entering.

In other court news, Clabe Taylor, 35, of Sandusky, was sentenced to three years in prison Nov. 20 for trafficking in cocaine. The conviction stems from a May incident at a north side Norwalk motel involving METRICH, a multi-county drug task force.

"Norwalk police basically ran the operation," Leffler said, mentioning that officers put a camera in the motel room to videotape the drug deal with a confidential informant.

Comments

omg... (Anonymous)

they have a Mickey D's also and a hardware, and a gas station and a post office and a .....and a ....... and a......!!!!!

hey re: (Anonymous)

These posts about Wakeman are mild compared to some I've seen on other blogs. Some got down and dirty!

re hey re (Anon...

yes I read them there is no need for the mud slinging if this officer sleeps on the job and is out having sex on W.P.D time that is one thing but don't drag a bunch of other stuff into it. If the council won't do anything then they need to run or vote someone else in that will instead of spreading rumors. There is a proper way to go about bringing change to that town. Some of the stuff is so bad they put on here it is an embarrassment to tell people that you graduated from high school out there. It wasn't like this when I was in school.

To Hey (Anonymous)

I didn't see anything on any of the blogs that wasn't true. I think mud slinging is a last resort for those people. There are 2 new council people voted in, we'll see what happens.

pope ottomus (A...

isn't the article about a man stealing cigarettes?? why are you people talking about wakeman????maybe cigarettes is not all that you wakeman people are smoking...

re Pope (Anonymous)

Cause we want to!

because pope is...

swiss tami robinson sally boniva

BigD says: (Ano...

damn them some valuable cigs to get 11 yrs.....dumba**!!

to Big D (Anonymous)

That was a mistake, was 11 months.

Sad news (Anonymous)

Did you guys hear that KeyBank is goiog to start laying people off in the next two weeks. That sucks right before Xmas. Now whats Larry Cancel goiog to do.. HA HA HA, LOL LOL LOL. what comes around goes around Brother.

re Sad (Anonymous)

Since Larry is security, I doubt that it will effect him. So, laugh out your as*! If it does, he has never had a problem finding a job, he stays employed! If it does, Emmy will get a job to help out also. So, "JOSH" you can shut your mouth now!

WPD OFFICERS LI...

key bank isnt laying off people and they have their own police dept .
see everyone this is other of the many lies josh and his offciers tell! I WONDER IF HE WAS SLEEPING WITh THAT BIG OFFCIERS AS WELL!
STACY I THINK SHE IS A MAN .
MAYBE THEY WEAR THERE RED THONGS TOGETHER!
and larry is not your brother josh!!! i know you would love to be like him but he is better than you in every way! he even knows how to shoot! wpd would be in trouble if there was a shoot out! josh and tim would have a better luck throwing their guns at someone!!
oh well ,well see you at the fop dinner josh! i hope you bring the wife!!
we have lots to talk about!!

Why? (Anonymous)

Why is Wakeman posting in a New London Blog?? Go back to your own Blog.

blog (Anonymous)

This blog is for everyone, not just New London, don't be selfish!

true (Anonymous)

Yes, But the Wakeman Blog people they only talk about one thing, the Police Dept. We don't care.

re: true (Anonymous)

Thats not true. I talked on here with someone about New London on several of these posts. It's just that WPD screws up so much thats the biggest topic. Theres a article in Morning Journal about Wakeman again today. That also, was more of the WPD lies. I put a post on there also. But, theres are moderated and takes awhile to show up.

Life in the bar...

Did you guys hear that Larry Cancel was kicked out of his house by his crazy as# wife. Now he has been living in his barn, in the back yard. So if anyone would like to donate a warm jacket for him, that would be so nice of you.

Not a BARN! (An...

It's not a barn, git it right. It's a Carriage House. Even if she did throw him out, he has family and friends in town where he can stay. Why is this 'Pick on Larry Cancel' all the time? He's one of the better officers we've ever had! Wakeman made a big mistake when they wouldn't pay officers enough and took away their benefits. He wasn't fired, he quit! And for good reasons. All these stupid posts slamming Larry are done by WPD officers and their families, why I have no clue. Jealousy?

OH NO! (Anonymous)

Why did she kick him out?

re: Life in the...

Thats not true, I just looked in his bedroom window, he's there in bed asleep. Go look for yourself!

wpd officers (A...

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cigarette guzzl...

did you have to take off your shoes to get that estimate, swiss? is that your feet I smell?

happy with her ...

didnt kick him out! well see you at he christmas party josh!! lol bring your wife!

re wakeman pd (...

i think its pretty sad what the dept. has come to! hunker sucks at being a chief and its shows in every way even on this blog! hunker asked cancel for everytyhing ,to fix things at his house Come in early for shift,even called the man on his honey moon to cover a 3rd shift.
i dont blame larry for quiting! he has kids and a wife and need med coverage! he found a great ,better paying job where he made sgt within the first 6 mos .
i know sgt milchen is jealous! he is stuck in wakeman working 3rd shift! he makes no money has to ask grandpa to pay for his house! i would like to tell hunker that he is dropping the ball and he better get his officers under control before the canel family gets a lawyer! sgt milchen has made threats against him and his family and this might end up costing the village big buckS
do you think they would keep you on as cheif?(hunker)
you know this is going on and you allow it?
well so much for honnor! wakeman you are a joke and no one respects you! hunker best luck to you ,YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT!!!

Crazy (Anonymous)

The Sheriff Dept just needs to take over that hill jack town.... I never thought a Dept could have that main problems.. I'll pray for your town.

Crazy.... Typo ...

The Sheriff Dept just needs to take over that hill jack town.... I never thought a Dept could have that many problems.. I'll pray for your town.

re: Crazy (Anon...

Hill Jack? I resent that!!

I think: (Anonymous)

The post to WPD and getting sued must have struck a nerve. No more posts from officers slamming citizens and past fellow officers!

hmmm.... (Anonymous)

right...lol. doubt it! if I was them I wouldn't give a damn about this crap. go back to your own blogs wakeman people.

Lawyer??? (Anon...

You're dang right!! Many citizens in this 'hill jack' town should get a Lawyer!! Many people have been wronged by these dumb @ss officers.

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