Monroeville woman pleads guilty to three felonies

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A local woman pleaded guilty to two burglaries and a break-in Tuesday.

Maria C. Stallard, 35, of 2190 E. U.S. 20, Monroeville, was convicted of two counts of burglary and one charge of breaking and entering. She will be sentenced April 2.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Stallard stole a lawnmower, snowblower and some tools after breaking into a shed and attached garage.

“She burglarized both of her neighbors’ homes ... (and) she broke into her mother’s garage,” Woodruff said. “She stole a lot of jewelry from these folks.”

As part of Stallard’s plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges on her indictment — three counts of theft.

Stallard wasn’t the only suspect arrested during the investigation by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

Her accomplice, Eugene Large Jr., 43, of 4295 Ohio 601, pleaded guilty last week 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.

“Eugene was actually not involved in the two burglaries Maria Stallard committed. He wasn’t there when she did it,” Woodruff said.

However, the prosecutor said it’s possible Large was present during the breakins.

One of Large’s burglary convictions is for an Oct. 22 incident on Ohio 601. The other is for a Nov. 2 burglary on Halfway Road, Monroeville.

Large stole jewelry and other items from the Norwalk home and then more jewelry and a bigscreen TV from the Monroeville residence. Two weeks after the last burglary, he discarded the stolen jewelry in a Dumpster behind an Erie County hotel, Woodruff said. Large admitted to the crimes in an interview with two detectives.

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

“Some of it has not been recovered,” said Woodruff, who mentioned some of the recovered property was from incidents in Richland County.

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.

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

Stallard also remains in custody in lieu of a $25,000 bond with a 10-percent provision.

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