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Audubon man sentenced for burglary

James Thomas Hildreth, 58, of Audubon, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of third-degree burglary.

According to court records, on Feb. 27 he and a woman broke into a storage unit in Detroit Lakes and stole about $5,320 worth of goods. The owner found some of it at a local pawn shop. Hildreth admitted being at the storage site that day, but denied breaking into the storage unit.

Two felony theft charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on May 23, he hooked his black two-door Dodge Dakota pickup truck up to a camper at a Detroit Lakes residence and drove away with it. He old a neighbor who confronted him that he had paid for it. The witness identified him, and the camper, valued at $2,500, was found at Hildreth's residence.

He appeared in court Dec. 20 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years. If he successfully completes probation, it will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

He was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for five days served. He must report to jail by Feb. 2. Work release and STS privileges were granted. He must pay a $1,000 fine and $1,160 in court fees. He cannot possess guns or ammunition and was ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

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