On Monday in Huron County Common Pleas Court, Kevin J. Loyer, 36, of 320 E. Water St., pleaded innocent to one count each of theft of a firearm, receiving stolen property and breaking and entering.
Loyer has a Jan. 29 trial scheduled. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 5 1/2 years in prison and a fine totaling $17,500.
The Norwalk Police Department investigated the suspected June 30 theft of a firearm, which reportedly involved a co-defendant, Erica L. Trushel, 41, of Norwalk, who has not been indicted.
Loyer is accused of stealing two handguns from a family acquaintance while Trushel was with him, a prosecutor said earlier.
The break-in case, which reportedly happened Aug. 17, was investigated by Huron County Sheriff's Detectives Josh Querin and Bill Duncan. Detectives have said Loyer and Trushel stole an undisclosed amount of money, but they didn't have to forcibly enter the Cleveland Road business because they had a key.
"We believe it was a heroin-related crime," Querin said during an earlier interview.
At Monday's arraignment, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler alleged that Loyer has been involved in selling heroin and activities "to support that habit."
"We're claiming he's trafficking heroin now," Leffler also said.
Loyer is out on a $30,000 bond. He is prohibited from having any association or communication with the theft victim and can't be on the premises of 777 Sweepstakes, 359 Cleveland Road. Loyer also is subject to random drug screens.