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Man admits community control violations

A man who pleaded guilty to a theft charge in connection to Tiffin Police Department’s investigation into shipped packages taken from porches was sentenced Tuesday to more than 100 days in Seneca County Jail.

In February, Christopher P. Chaffee, 36, of Tiffin, had pleaded guilty to a charge of theft, a fifth-degree felony, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

He had been sentenced to a three-year term of community control and ordered to spend 120 days in Seneca County Jail, with credit for 100 days served.

During a hearing in Shuff’s courtroom Tuesday, Chaffee admitted he had tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana; moved to an unknown location; failed to report to Adult Parole Authority for weekly drug testing; and failed to attending counseling at Rigel Recovery Services.

Shuff sentenced Chaffee to serve 105 days in Seneca County Jail. Chaffee’s community control would be terminated unsuccessfully at the end of the jail term.

Shuff said he couldn’t send Chaffee to prison, and he wasn’t sure he knew what to do with Chaffee.

Prison and community control hadn’t worked, and Chaffee failed miserably on supervision, consistently was not attending counseling and still was using illegal drugs, Shuff said.

“I don’t know what to do. … I’m frustrated,” Shuff said.

Chaffee declined to speak before sentencing.

Tiffin Police Department had received more than 25 reports during the week of Nov. 26 of shipped packages being taken from porches and recovered more than $4,000 in merchandise during the investigation.

Most of the items were returned, Angela Boes, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, had said.