An accused burglar charged with stealing a rifle pleaded "not guilty" to three felonies Monday.
David M. Bischoff, 25, of 5015 Sherman Norwich Road, Willard, faces one count each of burglary and theft of a firearm, both in connection with a Feb. 15 incident. He also is charged with breaking and entering stemming from a Feb. 3 offense.
His Huron County Common Pleas Court trial is scheduled for May 13. If he posts 10 percent of a $30,000 bond, Bischoff must stay off the premises of a Sherman Norwich Road, Willard, address and a Dogtown Road, Monroeville, property.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a call from the suspect's father, who reported someone broke into his home and stole a .22-250 Remington rifle and loose change.
The victim said he found some tire tracks and footprints in the snow near his house that indicated Bischoff and his girlfriend likely were involved, Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said earlier.
"He said they have a drug problem," the sheriff's spokesman told the Reflector.
Detectives received information that the victim's son, Bischoff, would be going to his uncle's Sherman Township house. Investigators then set up surveillance nearby.
"The suspect was going to borrow some money from his uncle," Patrick said. "When David showed up at the uncle's, (detectives) confronted him. ... They requested consent to search the vehicle and were denied access."
When a police dog went around the pickup truck, it alerted to and indicated the presence of suspected narcotics inside. Deputies found the rifle, some syringes and drug paraphernalia inside the truck and inside the girlfriend's purse, they found a small amount of suspected heroin, Patrick said.
"It was in a cellophane container. ... David Bischoff admitted the heroin was his," Patrick added.
In a separate arraignment Monday, Lou V. Willis, 51, of Akron, pleaded "not guilty" to possession of oxycodone in connection with a June 27 incident. Willis, who is out on a $5,000 bond, has a trial date of April 29.