Burglar pleads guilty to putting stolen jewelry in Dumpster

Cary Ashby • Jan 30, 2014 at 9:07 PM

An accomplice in two local burglaries has admitted to throwing stolen jewelry in a Dumpster.

Eugene Large Jr., 43, of 4295 Ohio 601, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of burglary and one charge of tampering with evidence. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of theft and receiving stolen property.

One of his burglary convictions is for an Oct. 22 incident on Ohio 601. The other is for a Nov. 2 burglary on Halfway Road, Monroeville. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Large stole jewelry and other items from the Norwalk home and then more jewelry and a big-screen TV from the Monroeville residence.

Two weeks after the last burglary, Large discarded the stolen jewelry in a Dumpster behind an Erie County hotel, Woodruff said. He admitted to the crimes in an interview with two Huron County sheriff's detectives.

Large, who has been unable to post a $25,000 bond, will be sentenced March 12.

His suspected accomplice, Maria C. Stallard, 35, of 2190 E. U.S. 20, Monroeville, is charged with two counts of burglary, three charges of theft and one count of breaking and entering. Her trial date is Feb. 13.

"She burglarized both of her neighbors' homes ... (and) she broke into her mother's garage," Woodruff said last month when the pair were indicted. "She stole a lot of jewelry from these folks."

Authorities recovered some of the property when they found Stallard and Large at an Erie County hotel.

In late November, deputies used a search warrant on Hartland Center Road, where that resident had purchased many of the items, not knowing they were stolen. Officers recovered more than $35,000 worth of property.

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