Local man pleads guilty to car wash break-in

Cary Ashby • Mar 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A Greenwich man pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into a business office across from the village police station.

Jeffrey P. Gibson, 37, of 2 E. Main St., was convicted of one count of breaking and entering in exchange for the state dismissing one charge of possession of criminal tools.

Greenwich Police Officer Aaron Gibson, who isn't related to the defendant, was on-duty and getting out of his cruiser at the station at 3:35 a.m. Nov. 14 when he heard several banging noises across the street at the car wash.

"He saw the coin machine shaking," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

The officer determined someone was inside and approached the building.

Jeffrey Gibson eventually exited after the officer knocked on the door several times and announced who he was.

"I advised the subject at gunpoint to place both hands in the air with (his) palms open and not to move. Then I moved the subject from the room and placed him against the wall of the bay to pat him down for weapons," the officer wrote in his report.

During the pat-down, the officer said he found a long-neck Phillips screwdriver sticking out of Gibson's right pants pocket. Kasper said the defendant later admitted to using the screwdriver to break into the office and attempted to break into the coin machine.

Officer Gibson escorted the handcuffed defendant to the station, where he contacted Chief Steve Dorsey to assist him with an interview. Police also notified the business owner.

"They found a crowbar inside the office," Kasper said.

After being read his Miranda Rights, the defendant, Jeffrey Gibson, said he used the screwdriver and a Marvin Memorial Library card found on him during the pat-down to break into the building. He said "he learned how to use the card to unlock the door from a television show," police said.

Gibson was released later from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond. He will be sentenced April 24.

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