Man sentenced after burglary

A Tiffin man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday in connection to a residential burglary reported in Tiffin in January.

According to a release from the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, Justin A. Matthews, 27, was handed down the sentence by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff after pleading guilty to charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

Matthews was arrested Jan. 13 after police found evidence at his residence linking him to a burglary reported at a Sycamore Street residence early that morning.

“The Tiffin Police Department and Detective Mark Marquis are to be commended for the good police work in quickly solving the Sycamore Street burglary,” Brian Boos, Seneca County assistant prosecutor said in the release.

During the burglary at the 100-block Sycamore Street residence, a TV, laptop, wallet, food, alcohol and silver dishware were taken. Keys to a Mercedes also were taken from the residence and the car was found abandoned in a field near East TR 122 and CR 15.

Two other men also were arrested in connection to the burglary. Anthony R. Cortez, 35, of Tiffin, who faces the same charges as Matthews, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Dennis E. Dinan, 31, also of Tiffin, has pleaded not guilty to complicity charges and a tampering with evidence charge.