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Attempted burglary defendant avoids jail time, fined and ordered to pay restitution

Cary Ashby • Oct 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The Bellevue woman wouldn't take responsibility for entering the two victims' apartments.

However, Fallon N. Geiger and her attorney told the judge "her part was receiving some of the stolen property."

"Your honor, I was not involved in going into any of the apartments," Geiger told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

The 27-year-old woman was referring to a series of burglaries in the Steeplechase Avenue apartment complex in Bellevue between Jan. 9 and 12. Geiger and her two co-defendants lived there at the time.

One of those accomplices was Geiger's younger sister, Lyndslee E. Geiger. Convicted of two counts of attempted burglary, the 24-year-old rural Bellevue resident is serving a 90-day sentence in the Huron County Jail.

The third co-defendant was Tiffany L. Alltop, 32. She is serving four years in prison at the Ohio Reformatory for Women for a burglary conviction and three unrelated charges of trafficking in drugs.

Fallon Geiger was in court Tuesday morning to be sentenced.

"Fallon wasn't part of making the key to enter one of the apartments," her defense attorney, Tom Freeman said.

"She didn't enter either of the apartments. Her part was receiving some of the stolen property," he told the judge.

The Bellevue Police Department investigated the burglaries and break-ins, which involved the thefts of video game equipment, video games and other electronics.

During the investigation, police received tips that someone drove the women to Sandusky and Bellevue to sell the stolen electronic equipment. Some of the information came from an ex-boyfriend and the driver.

Geiger spent 31 days behind bars. She is in her third week of employment at an area factory, where she often works overtime and on weekends at the discretion of her employer.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper went over Geiger's extensive criminal history, which goes back 10 years to when she was a juvenile. Most recently, she served 10 days in jail for a misdemeanor theft conviction from October 2011.

"She has quite a few misdemeanors," Kasper said.

Geiger admitted to using prescription pills during the Bellevue burglaries, Kasper said.

The defendant pleaded guilty Aug. 2 to one count each of attempted burglary and receiving stolen property. During a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of theft and burglary.

At Tuesday's hearing, the judge ordered Geiger to pay $7,046 in restitution to one victim and $77.50 to another. She also was fined $500. Conway reminded the defendant she probably would be responsible for paying most of the restitution -- which her accomplices also have been ordered to pay -- since her sister and Alltop are behind bars.

The judge didn't impose any jail time, but ruled that Geiger's accomplices "had a more significant part" in the crimes.

If Geiger violates the terms of her three years of probation, she faces 18 months in prison. This was her first felony conviction.

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