A local man has pleaded innocent to felony charges in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
Jason A. Maye, 29, of 818 Main St., Apt. 3B, Willard, to burglary in connection with an Aug. 11 incident. If convicted, he faces two to eight years in prison.
"Basically, he was stealing items out of a home to trade them for drugs," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.
At 3:02 a.m., a White Tail Way resident reported a burglar was in the home. Norwalk police have said Maye cut a window screen to enter the residence, but when he left, he dropped a stolen laptop computer.
"They (the victims) had the window up to get some air," Chief Dave Light said.
Maye, who fled the scene, was arrested a few days later in connection with stealing a TV from the Norwalk Walmart.
"He ran out of Walmart with a brand new TV," Light said.
The chief credited Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton with getting an admission about the White Tail Way burglary when questioning Maye about the shoplifting incident. Light said the detective asked the suspect if he had committed any other recent crimes.
At Tuesday's arraignment, when Judge Jim Conway asked the defendant about his felony record, Maye said he's on parole for a Huron County conviction.
If Maye posts a $20,000 bond, he is subject to random drug screens. He goes to trial Dec. 3.