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.

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trailor park tr...

sing along time;
oh oh whos that kids with the oreo cookie!!

Wonders of wake...

if a cancel wrote that they would know the spellings of officers! great,im glad our village is full of investigators! someone once asked the question why tim hunker doesnt find drugs in wakeman,well he cant figure out simple things like who would post things on here! yes i guess you can give larry and his family the credit for all the witty comments on here about you and wpd since you treat him so bad! you have called him names called him raciest,called him lazy,a cheater ect but you forgot all that when you needed him to cover a shift or roof your house!! now look hunker,your dept is full of idots!
I KNOW OF YOU BOTH AND I WOULD PICK CANCEL OVER YOU ANYDAY.hunker you were once a great officer and you went down hill!

re OK: (Anonymous)

Who gives me $400.00 a month and why? I chose to live in this so called Trailer TYVM. I like it. Yes, we are retired, but we weren't when we moved here. We chose to live here after living in Lorain for 23 years. Why spend all your money on big house payments or car payments when you can live just as good somewhere else, like a mobile home? This is why so many people are in debt up to their eyeballs! Don't judge people by where they live dumbas*!

hey wonders (An...

GUESS YOU NEVER READ HIS REPORTS.

To ok (Anonymous)

You better not make people mad on here Ma, someone might hook a truck up to your house and pull it away.

MaBarker says: ...

I don't think so! But, I'd like to know who's giving me $400.00 a month and why.....these people are nuts! I have a Ford retirement.......lol. My daughter also works at Ford and also lives in a mobile home aka trailer!! Does this make us bad people? OMG!! You mean we're 'trailer trash'? LOL.....all u go to hel*!!

re wonders (Ano...

i have looked over both persons in question reports! and like evryone says milchen has no reports! the are all m.a

LOL (Anonymous)

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

lol (Anonymous)

At least cancel did reports and did his job! lol not like hunker who has to leave the village to work to get his name in the paper!!and hunker if cancel was so bad why didnt you fire him?why make him in charge of so many programs?i heard that you still told know how to change passwords on leads!
SOUNDS TO ME LIKE SOMEONE SUCKS!
H-U-N-K-E-R

people (Anonymous)

slow down wpd officers cant keep up with moRE than one subject at a time!!!! LOL
LETS SUM IT UP!!! WPD SUCKS!!!
LETS PLAY A GAME,GO OUTSIDE AND GET INTO THE POLICE CAR AND DRIVE AROUND AND IF YOU SEE SOMEONE GOING REALLY FAT PUSH THE BUTTON AND ACTIVATE THE LIGHTS AND THEN WRITE THEY OUT A TICKET!!SEE THATS GOOD POLICE WORK GUYS!!

MaBarker says (...

Nope, sure doesn't! But, I know one thing, we don't put up with no ones sh*t either! So, ya know, your barking up the wrong tree about trailers. Also....Wheres my money? I should have alot if someones giving me $400.00 a month I don't know about.

sing along time...

there was a chief who sucked at his job and hunker was his name -oh h-u-n-k-e-r and hunker was his name oh!

tune of rock a bye baby:
rock a bye joshy in the p.d when the mayor come the sgt wakes up when hipp swears in the sgt will cry! good bye wpd officers were sorry you lied!

American Idol (...

Boy you need to try out this year!

thank you! (Ano...

i knew i had talent!!

You do (Anonymous)

Your a diamound in the ruff.

Trailer rimes ...

There once was a troll that lived in a trailer and Ma Barker was her name oh! She never registered her ghetto card with the Pd Oh; one day driving her golf cart through the village the boys in black towed her Shi! Oh . No more wheels for you oh.

MaBarker says (...

who said I never registered my golf cart? Like you would know, unless your one of Wakeman's NOT so finest! The mayor's dad never registered his either from what I hear. No one did! LOL...whats that tell you about Wakeman's golf cart rules? WPD had plenty of chances to stop me and give me a ticket and didn't. Nor did they give anyone else one. Loved the lies Hunker put in the morning journal about no carts being on the road now and none beng registered. Just another way to get his name in the paper. Until wpd does something about the riding lawn mowers, 4 wheelers, snow mobiles and dirt bikes, get off our as* about the golf carts. If we're not breaking any laws keep quiet and go after the kid on riding mower that rides down Rt. 20 pulling other kids in a cart! OH, you won't do that tho, thats Trish's kid, I remember!! WPD needs to get their sh*t together and stop with the golf cart bullsh*t!

MY SONG (Anonymous)

I DIDNT COPY THE WPD ABOUT THERE JINGLE BELLS SONG! GET OFF MINE!! thats an original!! its only for the use of wpd haters only!! we like trilor park people! i do agree wpd need to fight crim eadn stop harrassing trailor parks. aint that discrimination?? so much for oreo remarks people say they dont like.
how is your black wife hunker>??? and milchens baby???its like this hunker either has balls and made a baby or milchen has tim by the balls and made his baby either way wpd sucks balls

everyone go by ...

WHO IS WORKING THE PD TONIGHT? 3 rd we need to go by and beep to wake josh up! they have video now so we cant put a goose head on milchens car or loto magnets!! lol

Att. Wakeman Pe...

Anyone getting a pic of Josh sleeping on duty, the paper will print it. LOL.....they said they would!

shouldnt be har...

he works/sleeps 11-7 tonight shouldnt be hard!! pay someone to follow him !lol

won't be hard a...

theres 4 people with cameras ready for him....

Thats a Thought...

OMG......to all the women in Wakeman, lets start a weekly news letter.

GIT R DONE (Ano...

HAVE A NICE NIGHT! YOU COULD ALWAYS PEEK IN THE STATION WINDOWS!HE TAKES HIS PILLOW AND BLANKIE OUT OF HIS LOCKER!!

chief (Anonymous)

YES ,I GUESS WE ALL HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON OUR HAND. ONLY ONE PROBLEM I DONT GET PAID TO SIT ON MY FAT A-- BY THE TAX PAYERS! YOU DO! SO WHY DONT YOU GET OFF LINE AND DO YOUR JOB! MAYBE THEN YOUR OFFICERS WILL TAKE YOUR LEAD! ALL FOR TAHT GO BY STATION AND BEEP 7-3!! LOL

good! (Anonymous)

correction....we now have 4 cameras and 2 telescopes ready. anyone else email me or call, my numbers in the book...

Questions for t...

What do Wakeman Officers make yearly? Everyone is b!tchin' about trailor trash and welfare...let's see here....Ford workers (currently employed) make roughly $72,000 a year, retired, about $4,500 a month. The Nurse that was being reffered to was making $60,000. The truck driver was making $50,000. The concrete guy, roughly $40,000. The retired railroad worker is clickin in $4,200 a month. The home health care worker makes roughly $38,000. Not so sure about the insurance agent, or the waitress. With the exception of the FIRED OFFICER, who is on her way to jail anyway.....all them hillbilly trailor trash folks, hold their own. At least in the park inside Wakeman jurisdiction. Now, on the other hand, Wakeman PD officers make SQUAT!!! From what I understand they also are collecting food stamps. I for one have never taken a dime from PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, I'm one of the fortunate ones that get to PAY PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. And what's with Chief being under workman's comp for CANCER??? Since when does sittin' on his butt, not making out reports when he's asked to, coving for Josh and not cleaning his own doorstep cause CANCER???? When the officers of WPD start EARNING the rate of pay that those trailor trash folks work for, then start running your mouths! BTW, MA? Where's that $400 a month coming from, I want to get on that boat too.

Facts to the tr...

arguing on the internet, is like being in the special Olymipcs. Even though you come in firt place, your still a retard!!!!

NO Idea! (Anonymous)

Someone running their mouth again not knowing what their talking about.....I know if I got extra $400.00 a month coming in, I want it now. I think the person that posted that has her head in her big as*. Just to stir up more trouble! Thats how she gets her kicks, that and selling, trading her drugs and stealing.

speaking of ret...

Learn how to use the English language properly, spell the words correctly and stop bastardizing the language.

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