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Burglar pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Aug 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A convicted burglar pleaded guilty Tuesday to pawning a laptop computer he stole from a Norwalk home he entered with an accomplice.

David A. Reed, 33, of 21 W. League St., will be sentenced Oct. 10 for an amended charge of burglary.

The conviction is for a June 8 incident investigated by the Norwalk Police Department. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Reed and another man entered a State Street home, stole a laptop plus some other items and sold the computer for cash at a local business.

Reed told police "he was tricked by another individual ... but admitted he entered the residence without authorization," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo had a different spin on the circumstances. He said Reed "maintained" the other man, who lived near the victims, went in first and his client didn't intend to follow-through with the burglary, but he did enter the residence.

"He's the less culpable of the two, but it's still a crime," Longo told the judge.

Attorneys have referred to the other suspect as an "unindicted co-conspirator." Reed is prohibited from having any contact with the man if he posts bond.

Reed remains in custody at the Huron County Jail in lieu of posting 10 percent of $5,000.

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