Burglar says 'crime of opportunity' was 'really stupid'

Cary Ashby • Jul 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

The convicted burglar apologized Wednesday for the "crime of opportunity" in which he stole some Shrek glasses.

"I'd like to apologize for everything. I'm sorry I did it; it was really stupid," Joshua E. Bodnar said, referring to the March 30 burglary in Norwalk.

In mid-May, Bodnar, 24, of 64-A W. Seminary St., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of burglary. He was convicted of stealing some silver coins, an electric drill and several household items.

A Seminary Street resident returned home to discover her apartment had been burglarized. She found several items scattered throughout her residence and realized someone broke into her safe.

"She was in the process of moving out of her apartment," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said when Bodnar was convicted.

The defendant's criminal history includes charges of criminal trespassing and theft.

Kasper, during Wednesday's sentencing hearing, said those misdemeanors are significant because they're similar to what he did during the March 30 burglary.

"He went into a home, stole some materials and loaded them into a van," the prosecutor added.

The Norwalk Police Department interviewed some of the victim's neighbors and one of those people was Bodnar.

"He ultimately cooperated with police," Kasper said.

"He has served about three months in jail on the matter," said Huron County Public Defender David Longo, who called the burglary a "crime of opportunity."

Kasper said Bodnar needs to obtain his GED, a job and undergo substance abuse treatment, but he isn't eligible for acceptance into a community-based corrections facility. Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Also, the prosecutor said Bodnar has a significant amount of child support to pay, but is failing to support his child.

Bodnar was placed on three years of intensive probation and fined $250 Wednesday.

Credited with serving 95 days in the Huron County Jail, he faces a 55-day discretionary term. That means it's up to his probation officer when to have him serve the sentence or if he does well on community control, the officer could ask the judge to waive part or all of the sentence. Bodnar wasn't eligible for a prison term because it was his first felony conviction.

Also as part of his probation, Bodnar must work toward obtaining his GED and have full-time employment. He's also subject to random drug screens and must undergo substance abuse treatment.

If he violates the terms of his community control sanctions, he faces 18 months in prison.

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