Saturday, May 26, 2001

Looter gets one year

Conviction first after April riots

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 33-year-old Over-the-Rhine man has become the first person to stand trial and be convicted of looting during last month's riots.

        Mack Thomas was sentenced Friday to a year in prison by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman. A day earlier, a jury convicted Mr. Thomas of breaking and entering Barr's Loan and Pawn Shop, 1724 Vine St.

        Mr. Thomas was arrested April 11 at 1:30 a.m. after he was caught coming out of the pawn shop through a broken front window. He was carrying a wooden drawer filled with cameras and jewelry, according to court testimony.

        On Tuesday, a jury trial is scheduled for three more people accused of breaking and entering and aggravated riot charges.


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