An accused burglar who entered the victim's home smoking a cigarette reportedly was highly intoxicated at the time, attorneys said.
Jorden A. Santiago, 22, of 165 Concord Court, is charged with burglary in connection with an Aug. 29 incident. If convicted of the second-degree felony, he faces two to eight years in prison.
Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the circumstances of the allegations are rather bizarre.
The Summit Street resident reported the theft of an electric carving knife.
"(Officers) eventually were able to chase him down," Leffler said. "The family believes he had been in the residence earlier and stole some change."
Police said the Summit Street victim woke up about 7 a.m. to find Santiago standing at the threshold of her bedroom door.
"She said she could smell cigarette smoke and that must have been what woke her," Capt. Mike Conney said earlier. "He said he was looking for an 'Ashley' and he was just in the wrong apartment."
After Santiago left, the woman called 9-1-1.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said it's doubtful Santiago went into the victim's residence twice.
From what Longo said he could surmise, Santiago was "heavily intoxicated" when he crashed a bicycle and wandered off. The public defender said the defendant might have thought he was going to a woman's house which was nearby.
"He walked in smoking a cigarette; that's how she (the victim) knew he was there. She smelled it," Longo said.
When Santiago was arrested, officers recovered another stolen item reportedly hidden under his baseball cap, Leffler said. The prosecutor added that convenience store employees saw the suspect acting suspiciously and nearly notified police about that incident.
"He blew a .209 (on a breath test) in the foolishness that night," Leffler said.
For comparison's sake, the legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
If Santiago posts 10 percent of a $7,500 bond, he is prohibited from being on the victim's property. His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is scheduled for Nov. 21.