Sentencing continued in property case

SALEM – Sentencing was continued for a third time for a Salem man who plead guilty to receiving stolen property last March.

Robert L. Martin, 46, of 8688 Salem-Unity Road and owner of Yukon Construction in Salem, was set to be sentenced on May 30, according to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records.

Martin was charged with four counts of receiving stolen property following an investigation by several area law enforcement agencies including the Salem police last September.

Receiving stolen property is a third-degree felony when the value of the property is in excess of $150,000 and Martin faces one to five years for each count.

He could also be fined of up to $10,000 on each count.

A court spokesperson said no assignment date has been set for sentencing.

Martin was scheduled for sentencing on April 26 before Judge John M. Durkin, but it was continued until May 30.

A investigation was launched when Cortland Police checked into what appeared to be a civil complaint for abandoned equipment on a job site.

A check of vehicle numbers revealed stolen equipment from different locations in Northeast Ohio.

The highway patrol, Goshen Township and Salem Police Department joined the investigation while the National Insurance Crime Bureau launched its own investigation.

Search warrants on Martin’s property on Salem-Valley Road and on state Route 14 near state Route 165, both in Goshen Township, resulted in the recovery of $50,000 in stolen construction equipment.

The state Route 14 property was operating as a commercial chop-shop where stolen semi-trailers and their loads were being cut up for scrap.

An estimated $1.5 million in additional stolen construction equipment and commercial tractor trailers was also recovered.

Salem police recovered a $50,000 front-end loader that Martin stole in Akron and sold to a local business.

Authorities said Martin had a clean record before his arrest.

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