By Dave O'Brien


Ravenna -- A Dayton resident who was armed with a knife during a theft at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets on South Chillicothe Road in June 2012 has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to a robbery charge.

Shawn P. Byrd, 45, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on Jan. 11. He pleaded guilty to robbery, a third-degree felony, on Nov. 14, 2012, and faced a maximum of three years in prison.

Pittman gave Byrd credit for 50 days already served in the Portage County Jail while awaiting sentencing. She also fined him $500, according to her sentencing order.

According to their indictment, Byrd and Christina M. Waitzman, 35, also of Dayton, entered the Saks Avenue Off Fifth store on June 19, 2012. They proceeded to steal eight pairs of designer sunglasses, worth approximately $1,020, and attempted to leave when they were confronted by an employee.

According to Aurora police, the employee saw a knife in Byrd's front pocket and Byrd forced his way past the employee in an attempt to get away. Eventually tracked down and stopped by police, Byrd and Waitzman were found carrying the stolen items, wire cutters, a screwdriver and bags lined with duct tape they allegedly brought with them in order to fool store security sensors.

Waitzman's trial on charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, theft and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Pittman's courtroom, according to court records.


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