Safe burglar sentenced to jail

Published 4:41am Monday, August 19, 2013 Updated 11:35am Friday, September 6, 2013

One of three people charged in a burglary of a 350-pound safe from a garage was sentenced to jail time Aug. 16 in Otter Tail County District Court.

Glen Alan Parsons, 28, of New York Mills, was sentenced to 28 months in prison, to be stayed for 10 years, and six months in jail for felony second-degree burglary. He was also sentenced to 15 months in prison, to be stayed for five years, and 180 days in jail, to be served concurrently, for felony third-degree burglary.

He pleaded guilty July 8. In exchange for the plea, additional counts of felony first-degree burglary, felony theft, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor receiving stolen property, gross misdemeanor giving a false name and date of birth to a peace officer, and gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process-interfering with a peace officer were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities responded to a burglary in progress call just before noon May 25 along County Hwy. 14 in Richville. Parsons reportedly broke a window to get into a garage, then he and Daniel Lee Conklin, 29, of Detroit Lakes, charged with felony second-degree burglary in the case, reportedly walked out carrying a 350-pound safe on a two-wheel cart. When they saw the 911 caller, they reportedly dropped the safe and ran into the woods. Jessica Marie Silva, 33, of Frazee, charged with felony second-degree burglary in the case, was reportedly the lookout during the burglary.

Parsons also reportedly stole items from a vehicle May 25; a woman’s credit cards, tools, gasoline, neon beer signs and two guns from a storage garage May 14 in Dead Lake Township. When authorities caught up with him at about 9:30 p.m. May 25 in a parking lot, Parsons said he was not Glen when asked, and he provided his brother’s identification. He was arrested and then tried to push a lieutenant and run.

Conklin is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 9, and Silva is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 23.



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