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Man arrested with coroner pleads guilty

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GREENFIELD — A man arrested along with the county coroner last year amid allegations of shoplifting pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday in Hancock County Superior Court 1.

Jordan Rose, 22, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class D felony, as part of a plea agreement accepted by Judge Terry Snow. He was sentenced to 535 days of probation and 50 hours’ community service.

The case against Hancock County Coroner Crystel Myers, who is also charged with theft, is still making its way through the court system.

Rose and Myers were caught by a surveillance camera stealing from the Greenfield Wal-Mart Nov. 28, according to a probable cause affidavit. Court documents supporting criminal charges against the pair state that Rose used a handheld scanner to scan one $50 toy monster truck in Myers’ cart while passing over two others.

Myers denied knowledge of the theft, telling police she met up with Rose at the store and thought he had already paid for some of the items in the cart.

Rose admitted to police he also stole several gaming systems, including a Nintendo DS, which he pawned; and Xbox and PlayStation units, which he threw into trash bins outside Myers’ Greenfield apartment before police arrived to serve a search warrant on the property.

All the electronics were recovered, police said. The toy trucks were also found in Myers’ home.

Wednesday, Rose expressed remorse for what he did and said he has learned from his mistakes.

“I made poor choices; everyone does,” he said. “I’m glad I got caught because it was a reality check.”

Myers, who has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for trial in June.

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