July 24, 2016

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Judge to theft defendant: Money management trouble?

MEDINA — A Litchfield Township man was sentenced to a month in jail and five years probation Monday after being convicted of stealing a credit card from a gym locker and trying to run from police.

Andrew J. Seeley, 24, of 8701 Branch Road, was charged with attempted escape and receiving a stolen credit card, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies punishable by a total 2½ years in prison.

Andrew Seeley

He pleaded guilty May 23.

As part of his probation, Seeley may not visit Edge Gym in Medina.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier told Seeley he would go to prison if he violated probation.

The judge said he was concerned about how to punish Seeley because he had been charged with falsification in Medina Municipal Court while his felony case was pending.

In that case, he was accused of lying to police that a man who scammed him over a PlayStation 3 had a gun when he went to get the gaming console.

“One week after stealing a credit card because you’re behind on bills, and you’re buying a PlayStation,” Collier said. “Do you have money management trouble?”

Seeley said he did.

The judge ordered him to complete a money management course.

“Do we have something like that?” the judge asked probation officers in court.

“We’ll think of something,” they said.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.