An area man avoided an upcoming trial by pleading guilty Wednesday to breaking into three garages in two Huron County villages. He is the last of his accomplices who have been convicted for crimes that happened in New London, Plymouth, Greenwich and Celeryville.
William R. Barnett Jr., 21, of Shelby, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary for breaking into two attached garages in Plymouth and stealing an extension cord and other items Aug. 23. He also was convicted of one charge of breaking and entering for stealing some copper wire from an unattached New London garage Aug. 24, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.
Barnett's accomplice in the three crimes was Kyle S. Weiner, 23, of 410 E. Walton St., Lot 28, Willard.
On Tuesday -- one day before Barnett was convicted -- Weiner was sentenced to two years in prison. He earlier pleaded guilty to two burglary charges and one count of theft of a credit card.
A third co-defendant, Alexander M. Hopkins, 21, of 26 Townsend St., Greenwich, was sentenced to five years of probation Jan. 10 for being the men's look-out. His convictions for one count of burglary and two charges of breaking and entering were for two Aug. 10 incidents in New London.
Authorities have said the three men stole GPS units, cash, cameras, watches, compact discs, DVDs, iPods, MP3 players, extension cords and tools from attached and unattached garages. Huron County sheriff's deputies recovered most, but not all, of the items. There were 16 victims. Police in New London, Greenwich and Plymouth assisted sheriff's detectives in the investigation.
A story about this case was published in Thursday's Reflector.