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Suspect pleads guilty to theft of firearm

Aaron Krause • Jan 26, 2013 at 8:07 AM

A theft and breaking-and-entering suspect pleaded guilty Friday to theft of a firearm in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the state dropped charges of receiving stolen property and breaking and entering against Kevin J. Loyer, 36, of 330 E. Water St.

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the suspected June 30 theft of a firearm, which reportedly involved a co-defendant, Erica L. Trushel, 41, of Norwalk. Both live at 330 E. Water St.

Loyer is accused of stealing two handguns from a family acquaintance while Trushel was with him, a prosecutor said earlier.

The break-in case, which reportedly happened Aug. 17, was investigated by Huron County Sheriff's Detectives Josh Querin and Bill Duncan. Detectives have said Loyer and Trushel stole an undisclosed amount of money, but they didn't have to forcibly enter the Cleveland Road business because they had a key.

"We believe it was a heroin-related crime," Querin said during an earlier interview.

At a recent arraignment, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler alleged that Loyer has been involved in selling heroin and activities "to support that habit."

"We're claiming he's trafficking heroin now," Leffler also said.

Loyer is prohibited from having any association or communication with the theft victim and can't be on the premises of 777 Sweepstakes, 359 Cleveland Road. Loyer also is subject to random drug screens.

Loyer is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. March 14.

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