London man who stole Tide pods get prison time

By Erin Thompson -

The London man who broke into Family Dollar and stole laundry detergent to trade for heroin will be spending the next nine months in prison.

Joseph Hamilton, 39, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felonious breaking and entering in Madison County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

The state dropped a second charge of breaking and entering as part of a plea deal.

In January, Hamilton broke the glass front door to the vacant unit at 177 W. High St. in London and used a hammer to break through the wall separating the vacant space from Family Dollar.

Once inside, he stole solely Tide laundry detergent pods. He was arrested the next day after he was caught shoplifting the same laundry detergent from the Walmart in London.

After his arrest, Hamilton admitted to officers that he had traded the detergent for heroin in Springfield.

Also in court Wednesday:

• Brian Cramer, 39, of Columbus, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with two counts of fifth-degree felonious mishandling of a firearm.

Cramer was parked on the side of State Route 142, just outside of West Jefferson, when officers discovered empty beer cans, a cooler of beer and a loaded handgun in the vehicle. He blew a .215 on the breathalyzer, more than double the legal limit.

According to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins, Cramer told the arresting officer that he had “won big” at the casino earlier and had been celebrating.

Cramer is currently out on bond and will appear in court again April 21 for his formal pretrial hearing.

• Cynthia Dilworth, 50, of London, appeared for her informal pretrial hearing. She is charged with a single count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Dilworth’s attorney, Jesse Stacy, filed a motion requesting an intervention in lieu of conviction. The motion was overruled by Judge Eamon Costello.

The law dictates that, due to the fact Dilworth has previous felony convictions, the prosecutor has to agree to the intervention.

In this case, Adkins said he was against it due both to Dilworth’s previous convictions and the fact that she was driving while impaired at the time.

Dilworth will appear in court again April 21 for her formal pretrial hearing. She is currently out on bond.

• James Lawhun, 34, of London, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing. He is charged with three counts of drug trafficking, two fifth-degree felonies and one felony of the fourth degree.

Lawhun is currently out on bond and will appear in court again April 14.

• Latraol Grier, 24, address unknown, was arraigned on a single count of assault, a third-degree felony.

Last November, Grier allegedly assaulted a corrections officer at Madison Correctional Institution, where he was an inmate at the time.

The officer had a laceration above his eye and several knots on his head, but did not sustain serious injuries, according to Adkins.

Bond was set for Grier at $10,000. If bond is posted, he will be under house arrest. He will appear in court again April 14 for his informal pretrial hearing.

By Erin Thompson

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