A man accused of a breaking into a garage pleaded innocent Monday to an allegation he also attempted to hide a criminal tool at the police station.
Patrick A. Belt, 19, of Ashland, is charged with one count each of breaking and entering and tampering with evidence in connection with a June 10 incident. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is scheduled for Dec. 12.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler talked about the case soon after a grand jury indicted Belt in mid-August.
"A neighbor heard the break-in at the garage," Leffler said. "One guy bolted and was able to escape."
Leffler said Belt and the other male suspect stacked up some tools in the garage for "easier delivery" and also wrapped some of them in shirts. He said Belt, who was arrested near the Willard crime scene, reportedly hid a wrench in a toilet paper roll at the Willard police station.
"Willard police did a nice job. ... We hope to eventually prosecute the other individual with some (DNA) science," Leffler said last month.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Belt was served with his indictment about 30 days ago.
"He was served in Ashland County," Longo said.
Belt, who is serving an unspecified jail sentence in the Ashland County Jail, said he now is on probation through Ashland Municipal Court. He is charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damaging.