Accused burglar ordered to have no contact with victim

Cary Ashby • Aug 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A Norwalk man accused of stealing money from a local victim must post 10 percent of a $10,000 bond before being released from custody.

If he posts bail, Charles L. Alt Jr., 34, most recently of 49 Fruen St., is prohibited from being on the person's Milan Avenue property and can't have any association with the woman.

Alt is charged with burglary in connection with a June 12, 2013 incident investigated by the Norwalk Police Department. If convicted, he faces two to eight years in prison.

He entered a "not guilty" plea to the second-degree felony. His trial date is Oct. 9.

The female victim discovered about $1,500 was missing from a cabinet drawer in the living room, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Hakos said. The prosecutor requested Alt be held in lieu of a $20,000 bond with a 10-percent provision.

"Upon investigation, fingerprints were found that came back to Mr. Alt," Hakos also told Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge Jim Conway.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo called Alt "the lowest flight risk possible" since there were multiple times he had the opportunity to flee the area, but he didn't. Longo also said prosecutors were "OK with a summons" as of mid-June, but authorities later determined the address wasn't correct.

"The case is over a year old," the public defender told the judge. "He (Alt) found out about the case online."

Upon learning about the warrant for his arrest, Alt turned himself into probation officer Abby Keefer at Norwalk Municipal Court, Longo said. Alt told the judge he is on misdemeanor probation with Keefer.

"In 2002, I had (a) possession of controlled substances (conviction)," the defendant said.

Alt had spent time in a Teen Challenge program in Detroit. Teen Challenge is an intense, Christian-based program that lasts about one year for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.

"He was in Teen Challenge and doing particularly well. ... He went there voluntarily," Longo said.

Teen Challenge officials kicked Alt out, he said, "due to a practical joke that the administration took a dim view of."

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