Convicted safecracker told he has problem with being motivated

Cary Ashby • Feb 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

A judge and a former Plymouth resident's probation officer told the defendant he needs to make better efforts in finding employment and following the rules of community control.

Bryan N. Jordan, 21, of Chillicothe, admitted to several probation violations Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Those offenses included failing to follow his probation officer's verbal order to bring five job applications to a Nov. 5 office visit, not notifying the officer about changing his address and failing to make payments on his restitution and court costs.

"I am trying. ... I'm trying to straighten out my life," Jordan told Judge Jim Conway.

"I'm not proud of what I did in the past," he added.

Jordan earlier served a 120-day jail sentence for safecracking.

He was convicted of a Aug. 18, 2012 offense when he helped his then-girlfriend, Zoe M. Knott, break into the Norwood Avenue residence of Knott's late great-grandmother. The couple stole a safe, which ended up in Jordan's truck. They were homeless at the time and living together in a car.

"It's just a fire-proof box. ... The key was right there," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Monday about Jordan's safecracking conviction.

In mid-December 2012, Knott, 20, most recently of 5144 N. U.S. 250, Lot 26, was sentenced to 48 days in jail for attempted burglary. If she violates the terms of her three years of probation, she faces 18 months in prison -- the same punishment Jordan would have.

"I don't think he takes it (probation) too serious," probation officer Jim Zappa told the court Monday.

While Jordan hasn't committed any new crimes, Zappa said the defendant hasn't followed any of the rules of probation. The officer said he thinks a 60-day jail sentence would be a good wake-up call for the defendant.

Jordan has been working a 21-hour per week job as a "sign holder" for a business expected to close at the end of May. The judge said he and Zappa consider that being "under employed" and encouraged Jordan to find more work.

"It appears motivation has been a problem," Conway also told the defendant.

Jordan will remain on probation, but the judge imposed a 60-day sentence, which his probation officer has the discretion of imposing at any time. He and Knott -- who has a 120-day jail sentence of "discretionary time" hanging over her head -- must pay about $918 in restitution to the victim's estate.

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