Burglar pleads guilty to helping steal TV

Footprints in snow lead police from crime scene to suspects.
Cary Ashby
Apr 18, 2013

A Willard teenager has pleaded guilty to helping steal a TV from an occupied home.

Joshua L. Cerritos, 19, of 704 Myrtle Ave., faces two to eight years in prison when he is sentenced May 30.

Cerritos pleaded guilty Monday to one count of burglary for a Feb. 4 incident in Willard. As part of a plea deal, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler agreed to dismiss two other burglary charges.

"There were people in the home at 7:30 in the morning," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Kyle E. Zarcone, 19, of 631 Pleasant St., Willard, is set for trial April 30. He is charged with two counts of burglary and one charge of tampering with evidence. Zarcone also faces aggravated possession of oxycodone and obstructing justice in connection with a separate Dec. 19 incident.

Zarcone has taken responsibility for entering the house and handing the flat-screen TV to Cerritos, who ended up carrying it for a while, attorneys said.

A 9-year-old child and the mother were present during the burglary. The mother, who heard the intruders leave, noticed her TV was missing from the living room. She also saw footprints in the snow leaving from an open window at her residence.

The Willard Police Department found Cerritos and Zarcone lying down 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 at the time.

Leffler said police used the footprints to track both suspects to the enclosed porch.

"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 after the burglary.

Cerritos must post 10 percent of a $50,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.