Local man pleads guilty to having stolen vehicle

Cary Ashby • Jul 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Bellevue man pleaded guilty to having a stolen vehicle in which authorities found several stolen items.

Benjamin W. Burkhart, 23, of 301 Madden Ave., Bellevue, will be sentenced Aug. 20 on one count of receiving stolen property. Since the defendant doesn't have a prior felony conviction, he isn't eligible for a prison term and faces up to six months in the Huron County Jail.

Burkhart pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony, which prosecutors had lowered from a fourth-degree felony and which specified the crime related a stolen vehicle. Also as part of Tuesday's plea deal, the defendant agreed to pay restitution if authorities determine any is necessary.

"We're pretty sure everything was recovered intact," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said.

The public defender added the victim might need to be reimbursed for a tank of gasoline.

On Dec. 20, Burkhart was found in possession of a vehicle that was stolen from a rural Bellevue address. When the defendant was arrested at the Family Dollar on Ohio 113 just outside of Bellevue, police found some items stolen from Walmart and the victim's garage, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said.

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