Perham man sentenced for burglary, theft [UPDATED]Published 9:45am Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Updated 11:55am Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A Perham man who allegedly stole nearly $4,000 worth of tools, wire and other items in two separate incidents was sentenced to prison time.
Jason Lee Austin, 26, was sentenced March 8 in Otter Tail County District Court to 27 months in prison for third-degree burglary, and sentenced to 21 months in prison for theft, both felonies. He pleaded guilty in each case Feb. 1.
According to the criminal complaint, a man reported a burglary in July 2011 of his property at 47095 300th St. in Otter Tail County. A number of items were removed from a shed, including a small propane camping stove and small bottles of propane, various tools and chain saws. The owner later valued the stolen items at $1,154 total, the report says. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension later confirmed that Austin’s prints were on the fish house and a small window on the property.
According to the criminal complaint for the theft case, Austin allegedly stole copper wire valued at about $2,812 from Egge Construction in Pelican Rapids Aug. 21, 2012. Many of those items were reportedly found at Austin’s residence during a search warrant Aug. 24, 2012.