Norwalk man arraigned on burglarizing relative

Cary Ashby • Apr 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

An accused burglar and safecracker is accused of using money from the suspected crime to buy some vehicles.

Seth E. Thornton, 20, of 39 E. Key Drive, is charged with one count each of burglary, safecracking and theft from the elderly, all in connection with a March 14 incident. If convicted, he faces as much as 7 1/2 years in prison.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Thornton's mother has contacted his office and indicated the family wants to sell the vehicles in order to pay restitution to the victim, who is a family member. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff alleged Thornton bought the vehicles with the "proceeds" of the crimes he reportedly committed.

The Norwalk Police Department has recovered most of the $1,000 taken from the victim's residence.

"The family suspected it was (Thornton) and when he was interviewed by police, he admitted to the offenses," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said soon after the incident.

Longo said his concern in the case is that Thornton has some mental health issues, including schizophrenia and "severe" bi-polar disorder.

Thornton, who has a prior felony conviction through Huron County Juvenile Court, must post 10 percent of a $10,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. His trial is June 4.

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