A convicted burglar out on bond awaiting sentencing is accused of shoplifting chicken at a local grocery store.
Mark A. Noller Jr., 37, of Norwalk, was arrested about 7 p.m. Monday and charged with theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, in connection with the roughly 6:30 p.m. incident at the store.
Police spoke with an employee, who reviewed surveillance and confirmed the theft occurred, Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said. A warrant was issued for Noller's arrest, which happened at a Northwest Street apartment complex.
Noller was taken to the Huron County Jail, where he will remain unless he posts a $5,000 bond. The case was forwarded to the Huron County Prosecutor's office.
Noller pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, which was amended to a third-degree felony, and breaking and entering. He was to be subject to random drug screens until he is sentenced May 2 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He
As part of a plea deal, the state agreed to dismiss one theft charge. Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler recommended a two-year prison term and having Noller released early into a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.
"The state would note that would require him to be in prison for six months, maybe seven months," said Leffler, who spoke about the two crimes Thursday.
On Dec. 2, Noller "was using some drugs and doing some foolish things" with several people when he went to an Erie Street home and assisted in taking a 47-inch flat-screen television set, Leffler said.
"Basically, he was cooperative with the Norwalk police when they interviewed him," the prosecutor added.
Police arrested Noller on Jan. 17 -- six days after a Huron County grand jury issued a secret indictment. Authorities have said Noller and Cory B. Smith, 24, of 40B Corwin St., stole some TVs, an iPad, watches and some jewelry when they "hit a couple places in Norwalk."
Smith, in mid-February, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft of a firearm. He will be sentenced April 3.
Noller's breaking-and-entering conviction is for a Dec. 23 incident when he entered an unattached garage.
"The homeowner heard him and confronted him," Leffler said.
When the victim pulled a gun on Noller, the defendant ran away and dropped his cell phone, Leffler said. Police used Noller's cell phone to track him down.
After Thursday's hearing, Judge Jim Conway released Noller on a personal recognizance bond -- part of joint recommendation between the state and defense attorney Nancy Jennings.