Burglar pleads guilty to three break-ins

Cary Ashby • May 27, 2013 at 10:30 PM

A Norwalk man recently pleaded guilty to three separate burglaries.

Dale L. McClaflin, 39, of 12 Reed St., was convicted of offenses that happened in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He pleaded guilty to three burglary charges; two of the second-degree felonies were reduced to third-degree felonies.

McClaflin told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he is on probation through Lorain County.

As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed one count each of safecracking and theft, both in connection with the Nov. 23, 2009 burglary.

The earliest burglary happened Aug. 25, 2008 on Butler Road. Huron County Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the rural New London couple reported missing at least $600 and blood was found on a refrigerator.

In July 2012, a new law came into effect which allowed law enforcement to take DNA samples from booked felons.

"The DNA test showed Mr. McClaflin was the man responsible," Woodruff said.

The second burglary happened Nov. 23, 2009 on First Street in New London. Woodruff said McClaflin stole a safe, which contained some checks and later admitted to the crime during an interview with New London Police Sgt. Joe Hicks.

The last burglary happened Sept. 19, 2010 on Ferry Road.

Woodruff said the rural Wakeman male victim reported he was missing $200 worth of silver certificates.

In early March, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Bill Duncan said detectives received new evidence from the Ferry Road burglary and McClaflin "wanted to cooperate." Duncan worked all the cases with Sgt. Chuck Summers, retired Detective Ricky Sexton and New London police.

"These burglaries were drug-motivated," Duncan said in March.

McClaflin, who earlier posted 10 percent of a $15,000 bond, will be sentenced June 27. He faces as much as nine years in prison.

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