April 23, 2014

Medina
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Man pleas in spree of auto thefts, title frauds

MEDINA — A Sharon Township man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing nine automobiles and falsifying 10 auto titles since October 2011.

Matthew S. Collier, 34, of 7389 State Road , is scheduled for a May 20 sentencing on the charges: tampering with government records, a third-degree felony; nine counts of grand theft auto and breaking and entering, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies; two counts of possessing criminal tools, fifth-degree felonies; and 10 counts of producing fraudulent auto titles.

Matthew Collier

The charges came from two separate grand jury indictments last year, June 27 and Nov. 15, from a Medina County grand jury.

He was to be tried before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier, who is not related to the defendant.

Matthew Collier was accused of using a tow truck to steal nine vehicles: a Grand Am, a Ford Taurus, Escort and Probe, two Dodge Caravans, a Plymouth Acclaim, a Kia Optima and a Buick Century.

According to the indictments, he also was charged with altering a Bureau of Motor Vehicles form to forge auto titles for a Toyota Avalon, a Saturn SC1, a Nissan sedan, two Ford Tauruses and an unidentified model, a Mercury Mystique, a Pontiac Sunfire , a Chevrolet Venture and a Plymouth sedan.

The vehicles had different owners.

This isn’t the first time Collier has been in court for grand theft auto.

According to Summit County Common Pleas Court documents, Collier pleaded guilty to grand theft auto and was sentenced Oct. 5 to two years of probation.

Collier pleaded no contest in Medina County court to another count of grand theft auto, which was reduced to theft. He was sentenced Oct. 29 to six months in jail.

Being sent to jail was a violation of his Summit County parole, so Collier was also sentenced to a year in jail concurrent with the Medina County case.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.