Church break-in co-defendant sentenced

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

A second co-defendant who broke into the Bellevue Revival Center was ordered to pay about $3,550 in restitution Wednesday for stealing two vintage guitars. His accomplices earlier were ordered to pay the same amount.

Anthony R. Dodson, 19, of 118 Belle Ave., also was fined $250 and ordered to do 100 hours of community service for the Oct. 5 incident as part of his three years of probation. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also sentenced him to 75 days in the Huron County Jail with work release privileges.

Dodson, along with Bellevue defendants Benjamin T. Dorsey, 19, of 215 Wood St., and Dylan J. Natole, 19, of 7135 County Road 175, broke into the church by removing an air conditioning unit and stole two guitars, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Soon afterwards, the trio took the vintage instruments to a Sandusky pawn store. Woodruff said the owner suspected police would be searching for the unique guitars, so he kept them stored in the back for the officers. The guitars are estimated to be worth between $2,000 and $5,000.

The court has prohibited all three defendants from having any association with each other. The men pleaded guilty to breaking and entering at different hearings. Court records further indicate the state dropped various other charges in plea agreements.

On Jan. 17, Dorsey whom Woodruff has said coordinated the offense was sentenced to 90 days in jail with work release and ordered to do 100 hours of community service. Court records show Conway credited Dorsey with serving 50 days behind bars and suspended 40 days "provided the defendant remains in school."

The court also fined him $500. The judge also ruled Dorsey would serve a year in prison if he violates the conditions of his three years of probation.

Natole is scheduled to serve a 75-day sentence on the work release program in June. Conway, earlier this week, fined him $250.

Court administrator Linda Stower said defendants who are granted work release must report to Sgt. Lisa Schaffer, the jail support services officer, who verifies their employment before giving them a report date.

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