AKRON -- Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh confirmed that Judge Tammy O'Brien sentenced Michael L. Rardon, 41, of Akron, to nine years in prison.

Rardon burglarized four elderly women ranging in age from 79 to 94 who live in the Ellet neighborhood of Akron. In one of the cases, Rardon broke into the woman's home while she was doing yard work out back.

In the other three cases, Rardon gained entry to the women's homes by offering to perform yard work for them. He then stole credit cards, purses and wallets from the women.

Rardon pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to three counts of burglary, theft and forgery, all felonies.