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Dent burglar gets prison time [UPDATED]

Published 9:34am Friday, June 20, 2014 Updated 11:35am Friday, June 20, 2014

A man who burglarized two Dent businesses in December was sentenced to prison time Monday in Otter Tail County District Court.

Justin Michael Lemon, 27, of Dent, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for felony third-degree drug sale and 24 months in prison for felony third-degree burglary. He pleaded guilty April 28 as part of a plea agreement; he was also originally charged with felony second-degree drug sale and felony third-degree possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine and misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

According to the criminal complaint, the owner of Nootzi’s Cafe in Dent reported a burglary early Dec. 26, where entry was gained through a second-floor window. The burglar reportedly took cash, bank bags and a cell phone.

Authorities found boot tracks from the business leading to a house in the 300 block of Main Street. They found Lemon and another man in the garage, along with a tool set that was stolen from Dent Equity Enterprises Inc. on Dec. 23, according to the report. Authorities also found baggies of meth during a search of Lemon.

Video showed the duo out walking the night before. The other man told authorities that during that time, Lemon made the comment that it was time to go robbing, the report says.

Sixty-six lottery tickets matching the ones missing from Dent Equity, a Dremel kit, 154-piece Craftsman tool kit and chain break, and the cell phone from the cafe were all reportedly found at the house through a search warrant.

Lemon’s criminal history includes convictions in Otter Tail County: Dec. 3, 2007 for fifth-degree controlled substance; May 7, 2009 and Nov. 19, 2010 for felony domestic assault. He was also convicted Oct. 22, 2012 in Cass County, North Dakota, for felony possession of controlled substance-meth, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.


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