AKRON — An Akron man was sentenced earlier this month to 30 months in prison in connection with a video camera that was found in a Tallmadge woman's apartment last year, according to Summit County Court of Common Pleas records.
Judge Amy Corrigall Jones in April found 55-year-old Lawrence I. Sklare guilty of third-degree felony burglary and fifth-degree felony menacing by stalking.
As part of a plea deal, the charges were reduced from second-degree felony burglary and fourth-degree felony menacing by stalking. Also as part of a plea deal, Sklare entered an Alford plea just prior to the guilty verdict, in which he maintained his innocence, but opted not to continue fighting the case.
Sklare was ordered taken to the Lorain Correctional Institution following his sentencing, according to court records.
Police said that Sklare, the ex-boyfriend of the woman’s mother, began placing pictures of the woman around her apartment complex in August 2017. The pictures, of the woman doing routine things, showed up in her car and the management offices of the apartment complex.
In September last year someone broke a window at the woman’s apartment. There did not appear to be anything disturbed inside, so the woman did not immediately report the matter, said police. Police, however, said it was discovered that a camera was wired into her utility room and aimed at her bathroom and Sklare became a suspect.
After Sklare’s arrest, police executed a search warrant of his home, but electronics, including a computer that Sklare would have used to watch the video were gone. However, said police, they found a receipt apparently for the camera from a big-box store in the area.
Police said they were then able to obtain store security video of Sklare buying a camera which looked just like the one found in the woman’s apartment.
Editor’s note: Reporter Tim Troglen contributed to this story.
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