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Suspected burglars ordered to stay away from each other

Cary Ashby • Sep 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Two of the three suspects charged in connection with hundreds of vehicle and building break-ins are scheduled to go to trial in December.

Kyle S. Weiner, 23, of 410 E. Walton St., Willard, and William R. Barnett Jr., 21, of Shelby, are out on bond. Weiner's Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is scheduled for Dec. 11 while Barnett's trial is set to begin nine days later.

If convicted, Weiner faces up to 17 years in prison and a maximum fine of $52,500, while Barnett could be sentenced to as much as 15 years behind bars and a fine of $45,000.

While out on bond, Weiner and Barnett are prohibited from having any association or contact with each other or their suspected accomplice, Alexander M. Hopkins, 21, of 133 1/2 McKim St., Bellevue.

Police from Greenwich, New London and Plymouth assisted the Huron County Sheriff's Office in the investigation of 300 vehicle and 150 building break-ins from Dec. 13 through Sept. 4. The victims live in the Celeryville, Greenwich, New London and Plymouth areas.

Weiner was arrested Aug. 30 after being interviewed at the Richland County Sheriff's Office about break-ins there and in Huron County. About two weeks ago, a Huron County grand jury indicted him on four counts of burglary, three charges of breaking and entering and one count of theft of a credit card.

Barnett, originally of Greenwich, was arrested Sept. 2 after detectives interviewed him. He faces three counts of burglary, five charges of breaking and entering and one count of theft of a credit card.

Hopkins was arrested Sept. 4 as he arrived at work. He remains in jail. Hopkins is charged with one count each of burglary, theft of a credit card and receiving stolen property. He also faces three breaking-and-entering charges.

Authorities estimate the three suspects stole about $10,000 worth of items. GPS units, iPods, MP3 players, tools, cash, cameras, watches, compact discs, DVDs and extension cords were reported stolen or missing. Deputies recovered most of the stolen items.

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