Sentencing delayed again in stolen equipment case

SALEM – A sentencing hearing was continued until Nov. 19 for a Salem man who plead guilty to receiving stolen property in March.

According to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records, Robert L. Martin, 47, of 8688 Salem-Unity Road and owner of Yukon Construction in Salem, was set to be sentenced on Thursday but the hearing was continued for the sixth time.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge John M. Durkin signed a judgment entry on Thursday saying the court was unavailable.

Martin was originally scheduled to be sentenced on April 26 but it was continued until May 30, then until June 30 and again to July 30, then to Sept. 19 and Oct. 3.

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 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 police 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.

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

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