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No additional jail time for look-out in break-ins

Aaron Krause • Jan 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

An area resident was sentenced to community control with no further jail time after admitting to being the look-out for his two suspected accomplices in a rash of vehicle and building break-ins.

Burglary and breaking and entering defendant Alexander M. Hopkins, 21, of 133 1/2 McKim St., Bellevue, was sentenced to five years of community control and was ordered to make restitution jointly with his co-defendants, William R. Barnett Jr., 21, of Shelby, and Kyle S. Weiner, 23, of 410 E. Walton St., Willard.

In November, Hopkins pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary and breaking and entering. The conviction is for two Aug. 10 incidents in New London, with the burglary involving an attached garage and a break-in at a shed. The convictions are for two Aug. 10 incidents in New London, with the burglary involving an attached garage and a break-in at a shed.

Hopkins was sentenced Thursday in Huron County Common Pleas Court by Judge Jim Conway.

The three suspects were indicted on multiple felonies in connection with 300 vehicle and 150 building break-ins.

As part of a plea deal with defense attorney Mike Jackson, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff agreed to dismiss two counts of breaking and entering and one charge each of theft of a credit card and receiving stolen property.

Authorities estimate the three suspects stole about $10,000 worth of items, including GPS units, cash, cameras, watches, compact discs, DVDs, iPods, MP3 players, extension cords and tools. Deputies recovered most, but not all, of the items.

Weiner, 23, of 410 E. Walton St., will be sentenced Jan. 22 for two charges of burglary and one count of theft of a credit card. In a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining six charges of his indictment -- two counts of burglary and four charges of breaking and entering.

Barnett's trial is scheduled for Jan. 29.

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