A rural New London man accused of leaving a stolen vehicle before coming back to Ohio entered a "not guilty" plea Monday.
Devin M. Anderson, 19, of 1345 County Road 15, New London, goes to trial July 22 in Huron County Common Pleas Court.
He is charged with theft of a motor vehicle in connection with an Oct. 27 incident. If convicted, he faces six to 18 months in prison. Anderson is eligible for a prison term on the fourth-degree felony because he said Monday he has a prior felony conviction.
"I'm on probation for a B-and-E (breaking and entering conviction) in Michigan," the defendant told Judge Jim Conway.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo quickly jumped in, saying he believes the break-in is related to the local charge.
"He traveled to Michigan in the vehicle in question. ... They dumped the vehicle before he came to Ohio," Longo added.
The public defender then turned to Anderson and asked if that was correct. The defendant said it was.
Anderson earlier posted a $5,000 bond.