Man who wrecked Greenfield ATM gets ‘last chance’


By David Wright - dwright@timesgazette.com



HILLSBORO — A Sabina man who tore open an ATM in Greenfield in November 2018 was sentenced Wednesday morning to five years of community control sanctions with a stern warning from the judge that this was his last chance to reform.

As previously reported, Jeremiah Eidenier, 43, Sabina, was taken into custody Wednesday, Nov. 14 after officers found him outside the Homeland Credit Union on North Fifth Street in Greenfield with his hands inside the damaged ATM.

Officers responded to find Eidenier “removing items” from inside the ATM, police said at the time, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Highland County Prosecuting Attorney Anneka Collins said Wednesday that Eidenier “basically stood in the middle of the street for three hours dismantling that ATM.”

A Highland County Grand Jury indicted Eidenier in December on fourth-degree felony charges of safecracking and vandalism.

Eidenier entered a guilty plea Jan. 18, according to online court records.

Eidenier said in court on Wednesday that he was on a mix of methamphetamine and heroin at the time, and his lawyer, Bill Armintrout, said the incident was “partly driven” by the drugs in his system.

Eidenier is now enrolled in residential treatment at Massie House, a drug rehab center in southern Highland County.

“Right now, I have an addiction I can’t control,” he said.

Judge Rocky Coss said if Eidenier wasn’t on drugs at the time of the offense, he would have had to be “terminally stupid” to commit the crime, adding, “maybe you have a little of that, too.”

According to Coss, Eidenier was already on community control when he committed the offense and violated the terms of his supervision.

Coss extended the community control sanctions by five years and ordered Eidenier to complete treatment at Massie House.

The judge said he was giving Eidenier his “last chance,” and that he would send him to prison if he violates his community control sanctions.

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By David Wright

dwright@timesgazette.com