Man Pleads Guilty in Ohio Toys for Tots Break-In

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A 27-year-old man authorities say broke into a Toys for Tots warehouse on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to three charges.

Jesse Simpson of Covington, Ky., pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of breaking and entering. Two theft charges were dropped, and he faces up to three years in prison when sentenced next month.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that authorities describe a Grinch-like crime in which Simpson and an alleged accomplice broke into a Cincinnati warehouse in the early morning hours of Dec. 24, 2011. They allegedly took tens of thousands of dollars' worth of toys collected in the annual U.S. Marine Corps drive meant to benefit needy children.

Simpson remained jailed under $135,000 bond. His attorney declined comment.

Court records show that his alleged accomplice remains at large.

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