Burglar held without bond on probation violation

Local man accused of testing positive for drugs.
Cary Ashby
Aug 7, 2013

A Bellevue burglar is being held without bond on an allegation he violated his probation.

In late June 2012, Troy A. Gordon, 28, of 909 Monroe St., pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to burglary for a string of burglaries in Bellevue. Prosecutors have said Gordon was the look-out for the March 29, 2012 incident in which the culprits stole bracelets, earrings and other jewelry; he then took the "proceeds" and exchanged the stolen items for cash.

"There was quite a bit of jewelry taken. ... He was able to drive a good bargain (for the jewelry)," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said last year. "We're not sure how Mr. Gordon got involved."

The Bellevue Police Department investigated the case.

Gordon now is accused of testing positive for drugs "more than once" since being released from a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said.

Defendants spend four to six months in a CBCF, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Gordon was ordered to a CBCF last August as part of his three years of probation.

At Monday's hearing, the defendant admitted there was probable cause he violated his community control sanctions.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Gordon hasn't denied "he has a relapse problem."

"He believes he lost sight of the big picture, but said he believes he can get a handle on it," Longo told the court Monday.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss two burglary charges when Gordon pleaded guilty June 26, 2012 and said the state wouldn't pursue any other related charges.

"He may have known one (victim). At least he lived in the neighborhood," assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said earlier.

Gordon's next hearing is Aug. 26. He faces nine months to three years in prison.

During his August 2012 sentencing, Gordon was ordered to pay nearly $7,000 in restitution tostitution to three burglary victims.

Gordon "took the lead in disposing of the (stolen) items," Leffler said at the time, and getting the jewelry sold for the most money possible.

Gordon had pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary after prosecutors agreed to dismiss two other burglary charges in connection with Bellevue-area incidents on Jan. 24 and March 22.

"He was able to drive a good bargain (for the jewelry)," Leffler told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway last month.

Gordon was a co-defendant in a string of Bellevue burglaries and was the look-out for the March 29, 2012 incident in which the culprits stole bracelets, earrings and other jewelry, Leffler said earlier. Another prosecutor has said it's possible Gordon, who "lived in the neighborhood," may have known one victim.

His previous defense attorney, T. Douglas Clifford, said Gordon committed the crime to support his drug addiction.

Leffler, at Thursday's hearing, said Gordon has an ongoing history of committing burglaries and "needs a wake-up (call)." The prosecutor requested Gordon spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

Since being released from jail on a personal recognizance bond in late June 2012, Gordon underwent mental health counseling, taking a related prescription and attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

As part of his three years of intense probation, Gordon was ordered into a CBCF. Conway said he wouldn't impose a fine because of the amount of the restitution -- $6,772 total to three victims, two women and one man.

Comments

Scranton Tibbs

That CBCF is such a wonderful and worthwhile program. I hope they send more offenders to it.