Rush Lake burglar to serve time [UPDATED]Published 9:41am Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated 11:46am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The second of three people who allegedly spent a weekend last spring stealing various items around central Otter Tail County has been sentenced to jail time and probation.
Matthew Dillon Heaton, 43, of Sartell, was sentenced Monday, April 22 to 180 days in jail for one count of felony second-degree burglary, 90 days in jail and 10 years supervised probation for another count of felony second-degree burglary, and 30 days in jail for one felony count of third-degree burglary.
According to the criminal complaint, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a burglary in progress at an unoccupied Rush Lake Loop home shortly before 10 p.m. April 8, 2012, when a man near the residence heard a loud noise and observed people at the residence who appeared to be taking items from the house and loading them into a trailer.
By the time a deputy arrived at the scene, the alleged burglars had left in two different vehicles. However, they were spotted and followed by the initial reporter’s father, who kept them in sight on County Hwy. 78 until law enforcement arrived, the report says. The two vehicles were stopped in Ottertail City.
Heaton was allegedly driving a car, and Chad Allen Kampa was driving a truck, with Stephanie Schmitt as a passenger. In the vehicles, deputies reportedly found several items believed stolen from the Rush Lake Loop home and possibly another home in rural Henning, including a trolling motor, a silver platter, a tool box and more. The truck was also towing a trailer with a lawnmower believed to be from the Rush Lake home in it, although Kampa allegedly denied knowing how the lawn mower got there, according to the report.
Schmitt, 21, of Prior Lake, was sentenced in March to jail time and supervised probation.
Heaton was also sentenced Monday in Otter Tail County District Court for another case. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail, to serve 99 days, for gross misdemeanor possession of a pistol or assault weapon-previous felony conviction. He pleaded guilty Oct. 29, 2012.
According to the criminal complaint, a firearm theft within Otter Tail County was reported Sept. 3, 2012. An assault rifle and action rifle were pawned Aug. 29, 2012 in Alexandria, the report says. Heaton did not have permission to take the firearms from the property, according to the report.
Heaton was convicted for felony theft Jan. 6, 1992.Tags: burglary