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Local woman charged with safecracking, stealing drugs

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 16, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Minniebelle A. Yates, 30, of 79 N. Railroad St., New London, is scheduled for trial Jan. 24.

On Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, she pleaded innocent to one count each of theft of drugs and safecracking, which is punishable by as much as three years in prison and a total fine of $10,000. Each felony is in connection with an Aug. 7 incident.

Yates is out on a $15,000 bond. She is prohibited from having any association with the male victim.

In February, Yates was arrested on warrants at a rural Wakeman residence. The resident there was charged with a crime for allegedly denying Yates was there.

The contempt of court warrants were from the original convictions of theft and driving under the influence (DUI).

In April 2008, Yates was placed on two years of intensive probation for the theft conviction. About a year later, she was ordered to spend 40 days in jail after the court found she violated her probation by testing positive for marijuana twice in 10 days, according to court records. Yates also had her probation extended for another year.

Yates' DUI conviction in late January 2009 was for a Dec. 30, 2008 traffic stop by the New London Police Department.

She served 19 days in jail after her February arrest.

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