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Niles man gets prison for theft

WARREN — A Niles man received an indefinite two- to three-year prison sentence Wednesday after he was convicted on a multi-count indictment dealing with a June break-in at a home on North Cleveland Avenue in Niles.

Kristopher R. Stimak, 34, 20 N. Pleasant Ave., pleaded guilty to a second-degree burglary charge and three fifth-degree receiving stolen property felonies, and another misdemeanor receiving stolen property count.

Stimak bypassed undergoing a probation department background report and opted to be sentenced immediately.

The charges dealt with a June 8 breakin in the 400 block of North Cleveland Avenue. A police report states the victim called police after he found the lid to his toolbox open. A rear window leading into the garage also was opened as well as doors inside the house.

The report listing items taken included an $800 laptop computer and a wallet with credit cards.

According to prosecutors, Stimak was arrested after he used a credit card at the 717 Credit Union and surveillance caught him at the Red Dragon convenience store. Prosecutors said his cellphone also was found on the floor of the garage at the site of the break-in.

Stimak was arrested in front of computer store trying to sell the laptop, prosecutors said.

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