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One of a pair of limping bandits who stole items from a Suffield barn last summer was sentenced last week to four years probation and ordered to pay $200 restitution to his victim.
On Monday, July 3, Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman also ordered David W. Recklaw, 41, of 6464 Newton Falls Road, Charlestown, to be interviewed for and, if accepted, take part in the Dual Diagnosis Offender Program for criminal defendants with both substance abuse and mental health issues.
Recklaw, who pleaded guilty in May to one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, also must get a full-time job within six months, have no contact with the victim and pay a total of $610 in fines and court costs, Pittman ruled. The maximum sentence in the case could have been one year in prison.
One of more than 60 reported property crimes that took place in Southern Portage County over the span of approximately two months last summer, the July 30 break-in involved Recklaw and an alleged accomplice, Troy S. Ash, entering a barn in the 1400 block of S.R. 43. Surveillance video captured the two men, who both appeared to be limping, loading stolen items into a Ford van and leaving the scene, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
Recklaw turned himself in at the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna after learning a warrant was out for his arrest. Ash, now 41 and with a last known address on Wymore Avenue in Akron, remains wanted on a warrant filed Aug. 10, 2016, charging him with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.