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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for March 27.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Slashed tires on a vehicle were reported around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday along the 500 block of 12th Street Southwest.

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District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jonathan Roy Mead, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, 124 days in the county jail, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a third-degree burglary charge for breaking into an apartment in September.

Mead was given credit for 124 days already served in custody and ordered to pay $125 in restitution. He was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from second-degree level and another felony for theft was dismissed.  

Mead and Ruben Lee Vallejo, 30, of Willmar, are both charged in the case. Vallejo faces felony charges of second-degree burglary and theft, plus a petty misdemeanor of possession of a small amount of marijuana. Vallejo’s next appearance is June 12.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 11 p.m. Sept. 19 to the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest regarding a burglary in progress. A citizen reported observing the burglary from another apartment in the complex and that one of the two men involved had fled from the scene.

Officers arrived to find a damaged window and a man, later identified as Vallejo, in the apartment. Vallejo said he had come to the apartment to get his money back, funds that he had given the tenants to get him drugs that they never delivered. He handed over a bag of marijuana to the officer. He claimed he did not know the other man, who ran away, that the window was broken when he arrived and that he did not take anything.

The tenants said they had not taken Vallejo’s money and had never seen him before.

Vallejo was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

Later, the tenants reported to police that $800 in cash and electronics, plus Social Security cards, were missing from the apartment.

Witnesses reported seeing a man they knew as “John Pon” run from the building. One of the witnesses picked Mead from a photo lineup provided by police.

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