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Youngstown man steals cars months after release from prison

YOUNGSTOWN — Alvin Tucker, 33, of Ohio Avenue, was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court after pleading guilty to receiving stolen property and two counts of grand theft for stealing three Cadillac Fleetwood automobiles.

The vehicles were from model years in the 1980s and 1990s.

It’s not the first time Tucker has been sentenced to prison for car thefts. He had only been out of prison about four months when he committed the first of the most recent thefts, Mahoning County prosecutors said.

When asked about his earlier conviction, Tucker said he spent 4 1/2 years in prison for that. Michael Yacavone, assistant county prosecutor, said Tucker was convicted in 2013 on a series of car thefts. Tucker was released from prison in March and committed new car thefts in July, August and September of this year.

“You’re a car thief, and you’ve got to cut it out,” visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny told Tucker during the sentencing hearing. “It creates a lot of harm with people.”

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