A Youngstown man accused of running a scam in which he solicited money to pay for a purported emergency tow will be spending no additional time in jail.

Harold J. Wollitz Jr., 41, pleaded guilty in August to a charge of theft, a count that was consolidated to include the allegations in three cases filed separately by state and Grove City police and covering six victims for incidents in February.

At his plea, Wollitz agreed to pay $350 restitution.

Friday, Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson sentenced Wollitz to 19 days to 18 months in Mercer County Jail, but gave him credit for the 19 days already served. The judge also placed Wollitz on 6 months’ probation.

Wollitz would call up a local business, say he was a regular customer and pretend to know the person who answered the telephone, police said. He would say his vehicle had broken down and he needed money for a tow, and that someone would come in to collect the money. Wollitz would collect the money and promise to return it soon, but never did, police said.

In a separate case, Hermitage police filed four counts of theft against Wollitz, charging he used the same scam against four people in October 2005 and February. He told police he used the money for everyday living expenses and hotel bills, police said.

Wollitz pleaded guilty March 17 to a single charge of theft before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, who sentenced Wollitz to pay a $500 fine and $262 restitution, and to serve 1 year state probation.

Wollitz violated his probation and was arrested. In a June 25 resentencing, Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. St. John sentenced Wollitz to 47 days to 1 year in prison, but paroled him for having already served the minimum while awaiting resentencing.

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