CLINTON — A DeWitt man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge accusing him of burglarizing his former place of employment.
Eric A. White, 44, of DeWitt, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. The plea agreements says the State will recommend a suspended sentence and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees. White will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information. The State will dismiss one count of second-degree theft at sentencing with costs assessed to White. Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 19.
According to the affidavit, at 10:37 a.m. June 26, an officer was dispatched to Manatt’s Inc., 901 Westwood Drive, DeWitt, because some tools were missing from the business. An officer spoke with an employee who said a DeWalt hammer drill in a case containing two 18-volt batteries, drill bits and a charger valued at $300 were missing. The employee went on to report a power probe valued at $150, ratchet set valued at $80 a BB gun valued at $80 and approximately $20 in cash also were missing. These items were all that was noticed missing at the time. The employee then reported he suspected White, a former employee, stole the items because he recently had a similar drill and power probe for sale on Facebook.
The affidavit states the employee then reviewed the surveillance video from the business and reported he could see a subject who looked like White enter the business and carry a weed eater at 5:56 p.m. June 24, when the business was closed. The employee stated the weed eater, valued at $200, was now missing. The officer viewed the surveillance video and from prior contact believed the individual looked like White.
The affidavit continues that the officer made contact with White at his residence. The officer read White his Miranda Rights. White agreed to talk about the alleged incident. White during the conversation admitted to stealing items from Manatt’s Inc. White was able to produce the DeWalt drill and a Nikota reciprocating saw, which had not yet been reported stolen. White stated he would be able to get the weed eater and BB gun but they were not at his residence. The officer then took possession of the DeWalt drill and Nikota reciprocating saw, which were returned to Manatt’s Inc.