Fostoria man sentenced to prison

A Fostoria man was sentenced to 31 months in prison this week after he pleaded guilty to several burglary-related charges.

James J. Potter, 52, who pleaded guilty to two counts of safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of vandalism and one count of possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies, also was ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution, a court spokeswoman from Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom said.

Potter was arrested in January in connection to break-ins at JB Tours, 545 E. Lytle St., and CF Financial, a neighboring business.

At JB Tours, Potter had forcefully entered a safe. He then entered CF Financial through an adjoining door and ransacked the business.

Video surveillance captured Potter breaking into the businesses, and a search warrant was later executed at his residence.

At the time of his arrest, Potter was under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority. He also has a long history of felony convictions dating back to 1979, which include multiple counts of safecracking, breaking and entering, felony theft, vandalism and possession of criminal tools.