Norwalk man gets prison term for stealing money from relative

A Norwalk man was sentenced in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday to 10 months in prison for stealing money from a Milan relative's safe. John J. Keefe, 22, of 2 1/2 Manahan Ave., received the sentence the same day he pleaded guilty to theft in exchange for the state dismissing a safecracking felony.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

A Norwalk man was sentenced in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday to 10 months in prison for stealing money from a Milan relative's safe.

John J. Keefe, 22, of 2 1/2 Manahan Ave., received the sentence the same day he pleaded guilty to theft in exchange for the state dismissing a safecracking felony.

In November, Keefe confessed to a Milan police officer that he burglarized a Church Street home when his relative wasn't there, Chief Jim Ward said at the time. On Nov. 1, he stole about $2,500 in cash as well as rare coin certificates, rolls of coins and between $200 and $500 from a male relative's wallet, he said.

Keefe stole the bills from a gun safe in the Milan victim's home. The denominations ranged from $1 to $100.

"It's my understanding they recovered some of the coins," Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Smith said.

Keefe has paid about $500 of the $2,500 restitution, possibly by borrowing money from another relative, Smith added.

Prison records show Keefe is serving one year in the Lorain Correctional Institution for a Huron County burglary conviction for a Sept. 27 incident. Smith said Keefe probably will serve the Erie County term after the Huron County sentence.