"I didn't feel like there was any justice in the system."
That's what the rural Willard man said about a case involving two firearms that were stolen by his daughter's mother.
Late last month, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ruled the defendant, Norwalk resident Shauna R. Greaves, 32, will remain free on a $15,000 bond until she is healthy enough to serve a 90-day jail term. Her probation officer can impose the sentence, which comes with possible work-release privileges.
Greaves, who is subject to random drug screens, and her attorney had cited multiple health issues, including respiratory problems.
The victim said Greaves' breathing issues probably are related to her heroin usage.
"That's one of the side effects of heroin ... respiratory disease. It tears up your immune system," he said.
In mid-August, Greaves pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm for a May 17 incident on Townline Road 12, Willard. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said it was a drug-related crime and that Greaves has been using drugs for the last nine years.
The victim told the Reflector what led to the crime.
"She would come out and visit our daughter. ... She was supposed to drop off something for my daughter," he said. "She just went into my house and helped herself to my guns."
Greaves was convicted of stealing a Mac .9-mm machine pistol and a .270 Winchester Magnum high-powered rifle. The Mac is worth about $900, and Winchester is valued at $1,200.
"I was legally allowed to own it and use it. It's a semi-automatic gun," he said about the Mac, which is similar to an Uzi. "She knew they were some of my most-prized guns."
While Greaves hadn't mentioned his guns before the thefts, he said "anybody who knows me knows I'm an avid gun collector."
The Huron County Sheriff's Office investigated the case.
"She staged the whole scene," said the man, who explained how Greaves reportedly stacked up guns and an Xbox video system by the front door to make it appear someone was ready to grab them.
Five to eight deputies and Sheriff Dane Howard responded to the victim's home.
"Right off the bat, I suspected (Greaves) because she has a prior (criminal) history. That's why I have custody of the baby. I've had custody of her since she was 3 days old," the man said.
When deputies interviewed, the victim said he told them Greaves "is your No. 1 suspect."
"One of them looked at me kind of strange and said, 'Really?,'" the victim said, but deputies told him they were "familiar with her."
Deputies questioned Greaves at the scene. She wasn't arrested at the time.
The victim said Greaves had deleted all her text messages from her smart phone and deputies discovered a scope in his truck, which had been driven. He said he knew something was unusual because his keys weren't on the dresser as they typically were, but were found inside his truck.
Greaves came to the sheriff's office on her own May 19. She served 14 days in the Huron County Jail.
"That (theft) happened on a Monday and by Saturday, we had convinced her to turn herself in," the victim said.
"I ran a couple ads for several days. I told her we had a tip from Lorain County about (someone) admitting to breaking into the house and stealing the guns," he added.
At the Oct. 30 sentencing hearing, the court ruled Greaves' alcohol and drug use has led to her committing other offenses. The defendant has an extensive criminal history, but this was her first felony conviction.
"She hasn't done particularly well on community control," Conway said. "I think there should be a punishment. I just don't think right now is the right time."
Theft of a firearm is a third-degree felony punishable by nine months to three years in prison.
The victim stressed he wanted Greaves to receive a longer sentence than 90 days in jail, which he considers a "slap on the wrist." She also must pay $2,825 in restitution.
"I don't feel the punishment fit the crime at all," the victim said.
The gun owner is concerned that since Greaves stole his firearms, they could be sold to someone who might commit a crime with them.
"Because of her actions, she's made someone else a victim. Someone else will be a victim at some other time," he said. "There's the potential for someone else to be a victim."