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Two people who admitted to stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Brimfield Walmart over several hours one day in July 2012 have been sentenced to probation.
The "ringleader" was sentenced to 30 days in the Portage County jail and banned from all Walmart stores in Portage County for five years.
Courtney A. Taylor, 23, of Canton, was sentenced to 30 days in the Portage County jail, she learned from Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. The sentence was to begin this past Thursday, the judge said.
In addition, Taylor -- who pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony, in May -- was ordered to serve five years on probation.
Supervision of Taylor's sentence could be transferred to her home county of Stark, Pittman said. She also was fined $350 plus court costs.
Pittman banned Taylor from all Portage County Walmarts for five years.
Attorney Nowar Katirji said the case was his client's first felony conviction, adding that she admitted to the incident when caught by Brimfield police and has been "very punctual" when showing up to court for hearings.
Taylor also told Pittman she has a full-time job at a cleaning company.
"Cleaning company? With your sticky fingers?" the judge asked. "I sure wouldn't want you cleaning my house."
Taylor explained that she cleans commercial properties.
Getaway driver Darshawn L. Clark, 29, of 841 Silver Meadows Blvd., Kent, pleaded guilty to complicity to theft, a fifth-degree felony, in May. The father of four told Pittman that "events got out of control" after he agreed to give a ride to Taylor and two other people -- Alex M. Popson, 22, of 4441 Sherman Road, Brimfield, and Joel S. Miller, 23, of 423 Woodard Ave., Kent.
Clark received five years probation, a $350 fine and was ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and find a full-time job.
Brimfield police said they caught Taylor, Clark, Miller and Popson with 180 stolen items worth more than $1,078 on July 1, 2012. The stolen items included clothing and bedding, toys, bathroom cleaner, toiletries, meat and cheese.
Inside the store, Taylor, Miller and Popson were working from "shopping lists" of items they planned to steal for other people, Police Chief David Oliver said.
Miller pleaded guilty to complicity to theft, a fifth-degree felony, on July 15. Free on bond, he faces probation, local jail time or up to one year in prison at sentencing. Popson remains free on bond, pending trial on one count of complicity to theft, a fifth-degree felony, on Sept. 24.
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And who is sitting at the Walmart entrances in Portage County making sure these people are not entering the store?
What the heck steal over a thousand dollars worth of stuff and get a free 30 day stay in jail. NOW THAT IS A REAL DETERENT.