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Break-in defendant arraigned

Cary Ashby • Nov 9, 2012 at 1:50 PM

A Willard man accused of painting a stolen all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and breaking into a camper is scheduled for trial in January.

Phillip J. Faulkner, 22, of 144 S. Ohio 99, is charged with breaking and entering in connection with a Sept. 26 incident. He also faces one charge of tampering with evidence stemming from a Sept. 24 offense.

Faulkner pleaded innocent to both felonies Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Huron County Assistant Richard Woodruff has said Faulkner was found in possession of a yellow ATV stolen from an Ohio 162 residence in rural Monroeville and painted it black.

About 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26, the Huron County Sheriff's Office responded to the home of Faulkner's parents because Faulkner reportedly had reactions from a possible drug overdose on the front porch.

"When we got there, he had fled on foot," Detective Josh Querin said soon afterward. "We were very concerned for his welfare and safety because his parents said he was suicidal."

Querin and three deputies found Faulkner hiding in a camper on Bauman Road in Greenfield Township.

During the investigation of the Monroeville ATV theft earlier that same week, deputies said they found it in a ravine east of the Faulkner residence and another ATV suspected of being stolen from Shelby.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives reported finding a marijuana-growing operation on the property and seized numerous drug instruments, suspected heroin, marijuana and prescription pills as evidence. Shelby police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which was investigating a poaching complaint, assisted with the search.

Several people were arrested -- including Faulkner's parents and older sister -- on drug-related, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property charges.

Faulkner's trial is scheduled for Jan. 22. If convicted of both charges, he faces as much as four years in prison and a $12,500 fine.

He earlier posted a $5,000 bond, but now is at the Richland County Jail on a probation violation.

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