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Great-granddaughter pleads guilty to attempted burglary

Cary Ashby • Nov 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

A Norwalk teenager pleaded guilty -- on her birthday -- to breaking into her late great-grandmother's home when the defendant was homeless.

Zoe M. Knott turned 19 Friday, the same day she was convicted of attempted burglary.

"That's a heckuva way to celebrate her 19th birthday," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said about Knott's guilty plea.

In a plea deal, Leffler agreed to dismiss one count each of theft and safecracking. The prosecutor said the other charges were dropped partially because the case involved "a family situation."

Knott and her co-defendant, Bryan N. Jordan, 19, of 230 Sandusky St., Plymouth, have admitted to breaking into the Norwalk residence of Knott's great-grandmother and stealing a safe Aug. 18.

"She (Knott) broke into her great-grandmother's house after she died and took some items," Leffler said. "One of the things that was taken was a safe. It ended up in the boyfriend's truck."

Jordan, in late October, pleaded guilty to safecracking in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one charge each of burglary and theft. He could face six to 18 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000 when he is sentenced Dec. 11.

The accomplices were homeless at the time of the offense and living in a car together.

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

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the case. Officers have recovered most of the stolen items, including the safe, which ended up in someone's front yard.

"The police did a nice job," said Leffler, who complimented investigators on being able to determine Knott was homeless and broke into the Norwood Avenue residence.

Knott's trial was scheduled for Tuesday. She will be sentenced Dec. 19 and could face six to 18 months in jail.

"Without a prior (felony) record, she'll get some form of community control," Leffler said.

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