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A Mantua Township man convicted last year of burglarizing a Streetsboro residence in May 2012 has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Bryan P. Wagner, 22, of 4794 S.R. 82, recently was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He faced up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty on Nov. 5, 2012, to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, for a May 17 burglary at a residence in the 8900 block of Falcon Drive in Streetsboro.
Pittman gave Wagner credit for 215 days already served in the Portage County jail awaiting trial. She ordered him to pay $30 in restitution to the victim, have no contact with the victim and pay a $350 fine, according to Pittman's sentencing order.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Wagner was identified as a suspect in a burglary in which a homeowner arrived home to find a sliding glass door pried open and a large jar of change, weighing about 60 pounds, missing from the living room.
A witness told sheriff's deputies a white SUV with a man and a woman inside had been at the residence earlier in the day. Because the theft involved a large amount of coins, deputies checked area businesses with coin counting machines and found video surveillance footage showing Wagner and Hayley M. Washtock, 19, of 8982 Wood Thrush Drive, Streetsboro, at a local grocery store where they had deposited $89 in change, Vigluicci said.
Washtock was interviewed denied going into the Falcon Drive residence. She claimed she only went to the grocery store with Wagner and did not know where he got the change. Wagner also denied the break-in, and blamed Washtock for the crime. He told deputies Washtock was "a doper" and the burglary was her idea.
A grand jury eventually indicted Wagner, Washtock and Aaron A. Love, 20, formerly of Mantua Township, on one count each of burglary. Love was sentenced by Pittman to eight years in prison in December after pleading guilty to burglary, breaking and entering, theft and forgery charges in five separate felony cases in October, including the Falcon Drive burglary.
Washtock pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, in the Falcon Drive incident and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, in another case. On Dec. 28, 2012, Pittman sentenced Washtock to 150 days in the Portage County jail, ordered her to attend drug treatment at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren and placed her on five years probation, according to court records. Washtock also was ordered to attend addiction recovery meetings three times per week for a year, pay a $350 fine along with $30 restitution to the victim in the Falcon Drive case and to find a full-time job.
Wagner also was charged in a May 28, 2012, burglary at a house in the 8700 block of Peck Road in Shalersville in which a flatscreen TV was stolen. A witness identified Wagner and Love as the two men who got out of a white SUV and took something "big and black" out of the house, Vigluicci said. That charge, a second-degree felony, was dismissed by the prosecutor's office at the time of Wagner's plea in November.
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