Ravenna vandal gets 11 months in prison for incident at laundromat

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A Streetsboro man who vandalized a downtown Ravenna business in an attempt to steal money in May was sentenced to nearly a year in prison after pleading guilty to a fifth-degree felony vandalism charge last month.

Stefan H. Schmidt, 27, was sentenced to 11 months in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on July 18. He received credit for 60 days already served in jail awaiting trial, and also was ordered to pay $553 in fines and court costs or perform 55 hours of community service, according to Pittman's sentencing order.

According to Ravenna police, Schmidt entered the 24-hour Majestic Cleansville laundromat at 120 E. Cedar Ave. in Ravenna on May 19. Using a screwdriver and wrench, he opened a safe or strongbox containing money, causing more than $1,000 in damage in the process.

A Portage County grand jury indicted Schmidt on one count each of safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, vandalism and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, in June. The safecracking and criminal tools charges were dismissed upon Schmidt's guilty plea, according to court records.

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