MEDINA — A Parma man pleaded not guilty Monday to eight felony charges stemming from a series of thefts of trucks and guns from three Liverpool Township properties over the New Year’s weekend.
Kyle E. Roberts, 22, is charged with two counts of gun theft, third-degree felonies; two counts of grand theft auto, fourth-degree felonies; and one count of theft and three counts of breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies.
He could face a maximum of 13 years in prison if convicted, but the sentences could be served concurrently.
Roberts is accused of breaking into two garages and a shed in a half-mile stretch of Neff and Columbia roads.
Among the stolen property reported by two homeowners were a shotgun, a .22-caliber pistol, a 2004 GMC Envoy, a 1996 Ford pickup, a wallet, $40 in ammunition, a pellet gun and more than 200 tools.
A shed was reported entered, but nothing was stolen.
Roberts, who is serving a sentence in Parma jail on unrelated charges, was found to be indigent. Akron attorney John G. Quillin was assigned to represent him.
Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled Roberts for a June 10 jury trial. Roberts was indicted March 4.
Lt. Travis Colonius, of the Medina County sheriff’s detective bureau, said Friday physical evidence at the scenes connected Roberts to the break-ins. Colonius declined to elaborate.
The lieutenant said the bureau is still investigating whether there were others involved.
A Columbia Road resident whose garage was broken into said in January that sheriff’s deputies said based on footprints in the snow, it appeared six or so thieves staked out the homes before acting.
He said his neighborhood was largely crime-free, so he often left his truck’s keys on a workbench in the garage. He said the thieves hung blankets in the windows to keep the garage dark while they worked.
“Thank, God, no one was hurt, but it’s the type of thing where your stomach just drops when you see it happened to you,” the man said in January. “Some of that stuff is irreplaceable.”
Brunswick resident gets probation
A Brunswick man with a hefty record was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for growing marijuana.
Leslee B. Dunlap, 47, of 3872 Boston Road, was charged with a count of illegal marijuana cultivation, a third-degree felony.
As part of Dunlap’s probation, Collier ordered him not to consume alcohol or other drugs.
“If you violate the terms of your probation, I’ll send you to prison for three years,” the judge warned.
Dunlap was last in Medina County Common Pleas Court for a 2004 case charging him with cocaine possession while in jail. In 2002 and 2003, he was convicted of three counts of cocaine possession and assault.
Dunlap pleaded no contest to the marijuana cultivation charge Feb. 20.
He declined to say anything at his sentencing.
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