MIAMI COUNTY — On Monday, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Ethan Grunkemeyer of Piqua to serve five years of community control, complete drug court and other treatment programs for his heroin addiction.
Calling it his “one chance,” Judge Pratt reserved 36 months in prison if Grunkemeyer failed to complete terms of the probation.
In October and November 2015, Grunkemeyer pawned numerous items from relatives. On Oct. 19, a victim related to Grunkemeyer said that he had taken an assortment of items from her home on Maplewood Drive, according to Piqua police reports. Those items included an Apple iPad, an Xbox 360, three Xbox controllers, three Xbox games, a television, a GPS unit, a laptop, and a grass trimmer.
An officer uncovered pawn tickets that connected Grunkemeyer to several of these items pawned at stores in Dayton and Troy.
On Oct. 21, Grunkemeyer reportedly stole a lawn mower and an air conditioning unit and other items from his relatives.
Grunkemeyer was charged with receiving stolen property and second-degree felony burglary in connection with the two incidents.
“This court is going to take a chance on you,” Judge Pratt told Grunkemeyer after a statement from his brother on his behalf, pleading to the court to allow Grunkemeyer to seek treatment for his addiction instead of a prison sentence.
Grunkemeyer was ordered to pay $200 in restitution, obtain full-time employment, attend Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and submit to random drug screens.
He remains incarcerated at the Miami County Jail for Miami County Municipal Court charges.