MILLERSBURG -- A Wooster man on Tuesday admitted to stealing a truck from a Hardy Township residence in April.
Scott B. Saffell, 39, of 135 Leroy Court, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to grand theft of a motor vehicle. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dismissed related charges of theft and receiving stolen property.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 2, at which time Saffell faces up to 18 months in prison; however, the state indicated it would not object to placement at the Stark Regional Community Correction Center treatment facility.
The charges stem from an April 25 incident.
That's when Saffell reportedly twice approached a home along state Route 39, asking for gas for his vehicle, which was up the road, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun of the Holmes County Sheriff's Office.
Twice he was denied fuel, but, after a short time, the homeowner discovered an unlocked truck, the keys to which were inside it, had been taken from the driveway, said Haun. The truck was recovered three days later in Wooster.
Saffell was identified as a suspect in the case after, on June 10, he was taken into custody following a foot pursuit with Wooster Police. At that time, he was found in possession of a credit card taken from inside the truck, said Haun. Saffell refused to speak with investigators about the theft allegation.
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