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Canfield woman gets probation for theft, must pay restitution

Published: Mon, November 7, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Canfield woman was sentenced to four years’ probation for stealing $30,000 from a neighbor whose house she used to clean.

Cheryl Balasko, 54, of Montgomery Drive, pleaded guilty June 21 before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to a fourth-degree felony theft charge.

Judge Sweeney imposed the sentence today, directing Balasko to make the agreed-upon $15,000 in restitution to the victim and to perform 500 hours of community service at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley over the next two years.

Police said she stole the money from a suitcase under the bed of her 56-year-old female neighbor for about two years.

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Hide the blankets at the Rescue Mission so she doesn't steal them ! Probation ? Really ? For stealing thirty grand ? Crime is cool in The Valley . . . ..

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2vinglass(275 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

If she stole $30,000, why does she only have to payback $15,000??

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3wondering2(32 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

She will be lucky to get the $15,000, her belongings should be auctioned off and the money given to the victim, you got to love our laws.....

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