Ex-fugitive gets 18 months

WARREN – A 38-year-old local man and one-time fugitive in Pennsylvania was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison for a theft-turned-robbery in a Liberty Walmart store in February 2013.

Terry Tobin of DeForest Road had pleaded guilty to theft and robbery in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of identity fraud.

Judge Peter Kontos sentenced Tobin, who was arrested Feb. 4, 2013, outside the Walmart on Goldie Road in Liberty, where police said he tried to steal merchandise, including video game consoles and a home-security system valued at $1,400 and tussled with a loss prevention officer as he was trying to escape.

Tobin also was the subject of a massive manhunt in June 2009, when he was wanted on domestic violence charges and for making terrorist threats in Crawford County, Pa.

He wound up doing two years behind bars from 2010 to 2012 after a tip led Trumbull County deputies to a mobile home in Mecca in June 2009.

In 2009, authorities said Tobin led officers from six police departments, two police dog teams and a search helicopter on a chase across two states and three counties.

A car chase went from Crawford County, Pa., across the Pymatuning causeway into Andover in Ashtabula County.

After attempting a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) manuever to force Tobin’s car to a stop after crossing the Pymatuning Lake causeway, Tobin’s car flipped over, police said. He was able to escape, and an hours-long search began.

Police from Cortland, Kinsman, Fowler, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Pennsylvania State Police, and a helicopter crew were called in to help search for Tobin.