Robert E. Johnson III, 29, has been found guilty of grand theft and two counts of burglary in a bench trial in Fulton County Common Pleas Court, Wednesday and Thursday, April 17- 18.
In a bench trial, there is no jury; a judge hears the testimony and legal arguments, then renders a verdict.
Johnson, who has addresses in Pettisville and Lorain, was arrested during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Police were called to a home in the 300 block of West Street, Archbold, about 2:35 am, after the resident reported hearing his children’s toys making noise and footsteps outside his bedroom.
Assisting Archbold police were a Fayette police officer, a Fulton County sheriff deputy, and the deputy’s police dog.
Officers spotted footprints in the snow, and with the help of the dog, tracked them back to East Gardens, where Johnson was placed under arrest.
A Fulton County Grand Jury handed down a threecount indictment against Johnson, charging him in connection with two burglaries in Archbold plus the theft of a firearm from Pettisville.
Johnson remains incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, where he has been since his arrest.
A date for sentencing has not been set.