September 30, 2014

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All five Medina mailbox thieves are sentenced

MEDINA — All five young adults who broke into a collection box at the Medina post office last summer have been sentenced. Most received six months in jail and various terms of probation.

Shawn Shea, the last adult offender in the scheme to be sentenced, received six months in jail Thursday and three years intensive supervision by the county’s adult probation department. Shea, 18, of 946 Andrews Road in Medina, has already been in jail for 148 days since being arrested. He only has a month left on his sentence.

Shawn Shea (right) appears Thursday with his attorney Sean Buchanan in common pleas court. He was sentenced to six months in jail for breaking into a mailbox in Medina in July and stealing mail. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Shawn Shea (right) appears Thursday with his attorney Sean Buchanan in common pleas court. He was sentenced to six months in jail for breaking into a mailbox in Medina in July and stealing mail. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

Last month, he pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; and receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor.

“We’re glad that the case has wrapped up,” Medina County Prosecutor Dean Holman said Thursday.

Shea was one of five adults arrested in July for breaking into the mail collection box at the post office by removing its lock.

Medina Police said in July that a break in the case came after a tip naming two suspects was called into Southern Ohio Crime Stoppers — (800) 222-TIPS. The suspects also reportedly talked to their friends, police reported.

Other breaks in the case came from people who had deposited mail and called authorities. The stolen mail included Target and Chipotle gift cards, he said, some of which were used locally.

Medina police reported that they were able to use surveillance footage at the stores to determine who cashed the stolen gift cars.

Holman said some of the gift cards were found in letters sent out by St. Francis Xavier Church in Medina.

All of the defendants were ordered to pay at least some of the $1,590 restitution to the U.S. Postal Service or some of the $90 restitution to St. Francis Xavier. Other charges and sentences are as follows:

• Anthony George, 18, of Akron, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation. He received credit for time served and was released after 28 days. He was found to be a probation violator and sentenced to nine months in prison.

• Kourtney Mains, 21, of 944 Dawn Court #2 in Medina, was found guilty of complicity to commit theft, two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of misuse of credit cards, all first-degree misdemeanors. She was sentenced to two years’ probation.

• Kyle Mains, 18, of 944 Dawn Court #2 in Medina, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and 10 counts of receiving stolen property, all first-degree misdemeanors. He was sentenced to two years probation. He later tested positive for marijuana, was found to be a probation violator and was ordered to drug and alcohol assessment.

• Michael Malin, 18, of 707 Guilford Blvd., pleaded no contest to tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; vandalism, a fifth-degree felony; theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; 10 counts of receiving stolen property, first-degree misdemeanors; and five counts of misuse of property, first-degree misdemeanors. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of intensive supervision.

• A sixth defendant, a male who was 17 at the time of the offense, has a case pending in Medina County Juvenile Court.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.