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Aurora robber gets 2 years in prison

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: January 26, 2013 4:00 AM

A Dayton resident who was armed with a knife during a theft at the Aurora Farms Premium Outlets on South Chillicothe Road in June 2012 has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a robbery charge.

Shawn P. Byrd, 45, recently was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty to robbery, a third-degree felony, on Nov. 14, 2012, and faced a maximum of three years in prison.

Pittman gave Byrd credit for 50 days already served in the Portage County jail while awaiting sentencing. She also fined him $500, according to her sentencing order.

According to their indictment, Byrd and Christina M. Waitzman, 35, also of Dayton, entered the Saks Off Fifth Ave. outlet store on June 19, 2012. They proceeded to steal eight pairs of designer sunglasses, worth approximately $1,020, and attempted to leave when they were confronted by an employee.

According to Aurora police, the employee saw a knife in Byrd's front pocket and Byrd forced his way past the employee in an attempt to get away. Eventually tracked down and stopped by police, Byrd and Waitzman were found carrying the stolen items, wire cutters, a screwdriver and bags lined with duct tape they allegedly brought with them in order to fool store security sensors.

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Waitzman's trial on charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, theft and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Pittman's courtroom, according to court records.

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anonymous Jan 27, 2013 11:24 AM

Why only 2 years? This guy will get free medical, 3 meals a day, a warm place to stay, free use of a gym, free color TV for 2 years. Wow, what a punishment.

anonymous Jan 26, 2013 12:23 PM

I'll bet the area grocery stores are so happy now that Mr. O'Brien has revealed how to beat the food store security "bags lined with duct tape they allegedly brought with them in order to fool store security sensors". Who new? That's why I try and read the Record Courier dailey. You never know what you will learn. I bet duct tape sales go up.