A Norwalk burglar who fled from police pleaded guilty to an amended charge Monday.
Ian S. Poland, 23, of 39 Jefferson St., was convicted of burglary, a third-degree felony, for a Sept. 13 incident. He originally was indicted in October on a second-degree felony.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed the second felony on Poland's indictment, tampering with evidence.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said there's been "no agreement on sentencing" with Poland's attorney, Huron County Public Defender David Longo. Poland faces nine months to three years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 22.
The Norwalk Police Department arrested the defendant in the basement of a Newton Street apartment complex after he fled from inside a Cortland Street residence. Woodruff said Poland entered the victim's residence without permission and stole an HP laptop computer. Officers recovered the laptop.
"He was arrested shortly thereafter. He made a full admission," the prosecutor added.
"(Detective Sgt.) Jim Fulton got him to admit he was on a mission to steal to get drugs," Prosecutor Russell Leffler said soon after Poland was indicted.
Two to three minutes after the burglary was reported, an officer was checking the area when he spotted Poland cutting through back yards.
"The resident gave us a really, really detailed description of him," Capt. Eric Hipp said soon afterward.
Poland, who earlier posted a $25,000 bond, is prohibited from being on the victim's premises.
This isn't the defendant's first burglary conviction.
In late July 2010, Poland was sentenced to three years in prison for attempted burglary. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway, according to court records, ordered the defendant to pay $183.42 in restitution to the Newton Street victim.
On Feb. 6, 2012, Conway turned down Poland's motion for early release.