A former Norwalk man could avoid a conviction if he successfully completes an intensive Christian-based substance abuse treatment program.
Henry K. Stein, 27, now of 1920 Greenbush Road, Willard, has been accepted into Teen Challenge. He pleaded guilty Monday to breaking and entering, but the conviction will remain pending until he completes the program. If Stein successfully completes Teen Challenge, the conviction won't be on his record.
On June 6, Stein used a crowbar to break into a local auto dealership and steal a cash box, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
"Initially denying it, he was cooperative," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.
Nobody was there at the time of the Benedict Avenue break-in, but an employee discovered the cash box was missing. According to Norwalk Police Officer Dave Daniels' report, the employee arrived at work about 10:15 a.m. June 6 and found the rear door of the office open.
"The only items found to be missing (were) the cash box and key, which were kept in separate locations," Daniels said in his report.
Stein, who is out on bond, will be on three years of probation. He was ordered to pay $535 in restitution to the business.
Leffler told the judge the victim is a part-time police officer who isn't pleased with Stein receiving intervention instead of being convicted, but Leffler said "we're willing to take a chance."