Man sentenced for 2013 spree
Aug 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM
A local man is headed to prison for a 2013 burglary spree in Sandusky and Perkins Township.
Thomas Spurlock, 51, of Sandusky, was sentenced Monday to 10 years and 2 months behind bars for a slew of theft-related felonies. Spurlock went on a drug-fueled burglary binge in late April and early May of 2013.
It began April 23 at the Meadowlawn Church of Christ on Strub Road, where he busted through a window and made off with various goods.
Two days later, Spurlock broke into The Pie Factory on Perkins Avenue, and about one week after that, he entered KFC. In both of those instances, Spurlock swiped a charity donation bucket off the restaurants’ counters.
Around the same time, Spurlock burglarized two homes and stole the same vehicle two different times.
Spurlock was finally arrested after the vehicle’s owner spotted him driving down Milan Road. Perkins police tried to pull the SUV over, but Spurlock peeled away and eventually crashed into a light post at Camp Street and Perkins Avenue.
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One of Spurlock’s victims had even been helping him get back on his feet at the time, and the Strub Road church had also given him financial help.
Spurlock was arrested on a total of 20 charges last year. He later pleaded guilty to two counts burglary and breaking and entering, and one count each of receiving stolen property, failing to comply with the order of a police officer and driving under the influence.
At his Monday morning sentencing hearing, Spurlock said the spree occurred after he received $800 worth of crack for free.
He enlisted three pastors to speak on his behalf, with each asking Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette for leniency.
Binette, however, cited Spurlock’s lengthy criminal past and opted against a probation program.
“Every time someone’s given you leniency, you victimize them,” Binette said.
Spurlock was handed over to Erie County deputies and taken back to the Erie County jail.
From there, he’ll be transported to prison.