Safecracker pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Oct 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

A Plymouth man pleaded guilty Monday to taking a safe from a local deceased person's residence.

Former Bellevue resident Bryan N. Jordan, 19, will be sentenced Dec. 11 for safecracking, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000. In a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count each of burglary and theft, both stemming from the same Aug. 18 incident.

Jordan's co-defendant, Zoe M. Knott, 18, of Norwalk, is scheduled for trial Nov. 13 on one count each of burglary, safecracking and theft. If convicted on all three charges, she faces as much as 5 1/2 years in prison and a total of $17,500 in fines.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said times were tough for Jordan and his girlfriend, who were living in a car together. The prosecutor said Knott entered 111 Norwood Ave., the home of a deceased person, without permission.

"They ended up living in the home without the permission of the executor of the estate," Leffler said.

Jordan eventually removed a safe from the residence, Leffler said. Police have recovered most of the stolen items, including the safe, which ended up in someone's front yard.

In 2010, Jordan was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon in the Van Wert area. One year earlier through juvenile court, he had a felony conviction for assault on a police officer.

Jordan must post 10 percent of a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Knott's bond is similar.

The two defendants aren't allowed on the premises of the burglarized home and can't have any contact with each other.

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