DeLagoon burglar receives 30 months in prisonPublished 11:20am Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The Fergus Falls man charged in connection with a burglary of the DeLagoon Park concession stand and stolen pickup was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Matthew Jon’Alden Hamilton, 35, was sentenced July 26 in Otter Tail County District Court for felony third-degree burglary.
He pleaded guilty July 19. In exchange for the plea, an additional charge of felony theft was dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint, Hamilton admitted to police that he and a 12-year-old boy broke into the concession building May 31 and filled two garbage bags with candy. They reportedly gained access when the 12-year-old kicked in an air conditioner, Hamilton reportedly told authorities. Hamilton stole numerous candy bars, $20 cash and beef jerky sticks from the building.
Authorities tracked down Hamilton through video surveillance at the Fergus Falls Walmart, where he reportedly bought 14 cans of black spray paint which were found June 26 near Pebble Lake Golf Course. The video also showed the truck he drove matched a stolen pickup that was taken May 28 from Pebble Lake Road, the report says.
Hamilton reportedly told police June 27 that he knew the pickup was stolen, but that it was the 12-year-old boy who had taken it. Hamilton allegedly attempted to spray paint the pickup black then threw the cans into the woods.
A search of Hamilton’s criminal history includes convictions in Beltrami County District Court May 12, 2008 for felony theft-taking/driving a motor vehicle, felony third-degree burglary and felony first-degree damage to property; convictions in Itasca County District Court March 22, 2004 for two counts of felony theft-take/drive a motor vehicle, Sept. 13, 2004 for felony second-degree burglary, felony possession of a pistol/assault weapon-conviction of a violent crime, Aug. 4, 2008 for third-degree burglary, and Dec. 21, 2010 for felony third-degree burglary, felony theft, felony terroristic threats; a conviction in St. Louis County-Hibbing District Court Sept. 13, 2012 for felony theft of a motor vehicle.