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Watch Thief Sentenced to 3 Months In Jail

Codefendant will be back in court in March

The man pleaded no contest to a petty theft charge Monday morning in .

Robert Kreischer, 26, was found guilty and sentenced to 90 days in Lake County Jail. However, if he violates his probation, he could face another another 90 days behind bars.

Judge John Trebets also fined him $250.

A security guard spotted Kreischer and Noel Cocchi, 23, taking watches from Monday afternoon, according to the Mentor Police Facebook page.

When the guard tried to stop them, they ran away.

However, police officers were called to the area and they found Kreischer and Cocchi in the Arby's drive-thru across the street.

Cocchi was also charged with receiving stolen property. Her next court hearing is scheduled for March 19.

Kreischer's current address is in Lakewood but he used to live in Lake County.

He has five convictions of theft in Lake County alone. He was most recently convicted in 2011 in Mentor Municipal Court. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and another 150 days for violating his probation.

He was also convicted in 2007 in Mentor Municipal Court, 2006 and 2009 in Willoughby Municipal Court and 2010 in Painesville Municipal Court.

CCRady February 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ok, see this is what I'm talking about! He ONLY gets 90 days in jail for theft and he has all of those PRIOR convictions for theft in Lake county too! Doesn't our justice system (aka Judges) see this guy is a habitual thief? Why can't he be sentenced to longer periods of time? It gives the WRONG message to all the other crooks that haven't been caught... "The most I'll get is 90 days in jail, big deal!" If the punishments were tougher, maybe there wouldn't be so many crimes in Lake county occuring... Whatever happened to 3 strikes? Or was that only for other crimes?
Jason Lea February 14, 2012 at 02:43 PM
There is no "3 strikes" in Ohio. It might be true in other states, but there's nothing like that in the ORC. The most Judge Trebets could give Kreischer for petty theft was 180 days in jail. Technically, he did that; but he suspended 90 of the days, meaning Kreischer would only have to do the full sentence if he violated probation. Trebets (and many other municipal judges) like to keep something in the reserve so they can punish the defendant if he or she violates probation.

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