A pair of suspected co-defendants who were arrested after a Willard burglary entered "not guilty" pleas to their respective charges Tuesday.
Joshua L. Cerritos, 18, of 704 Myrtle Ave., Willard, goes to trial April 23 in Huron County Common Pleas Court on two counts of burglary and one charge of tampering with evidence. All three felonies are in connection with a Feb. 4 incident.
Kyle E. Zarcone, 19, of 631 Pleasant St., Willard, is set for trial one week later. He is charged with aggravated possession of oxycodone and obstructing justice in connection with a Dec. 19 incident. The defendant also faces two counts of burglary and one charge of tampering with evidence, all stemming from a Feb. 13 offense.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said a 9-year-old child and the mother were present during one of the burglaries. Zarcone is accused of stealing a flat-screen TV from a Woodland Avenue, Willard, home. Both defendants are prohibited from being on the victim's premises if they post bond.
The Willard Police Department found Cerritos and Zarcone laying in an enclosed porch of a residence about 3 1/2 blocks southwest of the victim's home. Police found the TV in a nearby alley.
Officers had encountered the pair about four minutes later when they were walking in the neighborhood. Police identified them and released them because officers had nothing to connect them to the burglary.
"They supposedly put (the TV) down because one of the guys dropped his cell phone. They were looking for the cell phone. That's when we found them the first time," Chief Mark Holden said soon afterward.
The caller heard the intruders leave and noticed her flat screen TV missing from the living room. She also saw footprints in the snow leaving from an open window at her residence.
"Officers noticed that the footprints around the TV matched the shoes of the two males that they had identified earlier," Holden said.
At one Tuesday's arraignments, Leffler told Judge Conway that police found Zarcone and Cerritos in the porch of a residence they possibly burglarized.
On Dec. 19, Zarcone was present when Willard police used a search warrant during a drug raid.
"He ran into the home and yelled, 'Raid!,'" Leffler told the judge Tuesday. "That's where the obstructing justice (charge) comes from."
A bystander -- Toledo resident Erica Devlin, 19, -- and a pitbull dog were shot when two pitbulls rushed Willard police and part-time Greenwich Police Officer Sean Nolen. Willard EMS transported Devlin to Mercy Willard, where she was treated for a minor foot injury and released.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) investigated the shooting, which a BCI spokesman has said is considered closed.
Cerritos must post 10 percent of a $50,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.
Zarcone has $40,000 left to post because he earlier posted $10,000 on the aggravated possession of oxycodone case.