Trial for accused burglar, rifle thief might last 3 days

Cary Ashby • Apr 22, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A rural Willard man accused of stealing a rifle during a burglary goes to trial May 13 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

David M. Bischoff, 25, of 5015 Sherman Norwich Road, faces one count each of burglary and theft of a firearm, both in connection with a Feb. 15 incident. He also is charged with breaking and entering stemming from a Feb. 3 offense.

Attorneys expect Bischoff's trial, if it goes forward, to last three days.

"I believe this (trial) will be longer than two days," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said at Monday's hearing.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo agreed the trial could last three days and said he would file a motion if he wants the jury to view the suspected crime scene. He has until Monday to file any motions. Longo received the last bit of evidence -- two compact discs -- from the state during the recent hearing.

The suspect's father told the Huron County Sheriff's Office someone broke into his home and stole a .22-250 Remington rifle and some loose change. Chief Deputy Ted Patrick has said the man found some tire tracks and footprints in the snow near his house that indicated Bischoff and his girlfriend likely were involved and both people have a drug problem.

At Monday's hearing, Longo confirmed with Bischoff there are no co-defendants in the case.

Detectives set up surveillance near a Sherman Norwich Road, Willard, address after they had a tip that the victim's son, Bischoff, would be going there.

"The suspect was going to borrow some money from his uncle," Patrick said. "When David showed up at the uncle's, (detectives) confronted him. ... They requested consent to search the vehicle and were denied access."

When a police dog went around the pickup truck, it alerted to and indicated the presence of suspected narcotics inside. Deputies found the rifle, some syringes and drug paraphernalia inside the truck and inside the girlfriend's purse, they found a small amount of suspected heroin in a cellophane container which Bischoff admitted was his, Patrick said.

Bischoff has been unable to post 10 percent of a $30,000 bond. If he posts bail, he must stay off the premises of a Sherman Norwich Road, Willard, address and a Dogtown Road, Monroeville, property.

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