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Men sentenced for Sears thefts

January 14, 2001

Men sentenced for Sears thefts



Two men who were caught in the act of stealing tires from the Sears Auto Center on Northern Avenue last September each pleaded guilty to felony theft Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

John Richard Thomas Jr., 19, of 19604 Old Forge Road, was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but six months suspended, according to court records.

Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone ordered that those six months be spent on home detention with work release, court records said.

Craig Nicholas Hawkins, 21, of 315 Jefferson St., received a seven-year suspended sentence Tuesday with all but time served since Sept. 5 suspended.

Both were also charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and destruction of property. Those charges were dropped in exchange for the pleas.

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Officers Brian Barnhart and Patty Shantz responded at 1:20 a.m. for an activated alarm at the Sears Automotive Center. When they arrived and began checking the building, they heard a noise and spotted two people trying to flee, police said.

After the two were taken into custody, an investigation revealed the locks had been cut from the trailers and a number of tires had been stacked on the loading docks.

The value of the tires was estimated at $605.

- Marlo Barnhart

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