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Suffield thief on probation

Must pay $3,500 in restitution

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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Probation and restitution were part of the sentence last week for a Randolph man convicted of stealing a welder from a Suffield business in July 2016.

Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty ordered Paul D. McColligan, 46, of 2516 Ranfield Road, to spend four years under the supervision of the Adult Probation Department. That includes random drug tests and paying $3,500 restitution to his victim, Suffield Aggregate LLC at 725 U.S. 224, per Doherty's orders.

McColligan also was fined $400 and ordered to stay away from Suffield Aggregate, Doherty ruled.

He and co-defendant Gary L. Smith, 49, of Paris, were charged by the Portage County Sheriff's Office with the July 4, 2016, theft of a Hobart welder worth between $1,000 and $7,500 from the business.

Smith was sentenced in April to court-ordered drug treatment and five years probation after pleading guilty in January to two counts of theft, one fourth-degree felony and one fifth-degree felony.

Doherty also ordered Smith to pay $1,250 in restitution to Suffield Aggregate and another $1,000 to a victim whose Bobcat skid loader Smith stole from a Waterloo Road construction site in April 2016.

Deputies charged McColligan and Smith in the thefts after using surveillance video to identify them and interviewing both.

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