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Juvenile gets probation, community service for NL burglaries

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old New London teen was sentenced Friday to probation until his 19th birthday and 80 hours of community service work and was ordered to pay $831 in restitution to the owners of several New London businesses that he burglarized.

Jordan Michael Sanftner was also ordered to attend a property-crime impact panel as part of his juvenile sentence handed down on a first-degree burglary charge in Kandiyohi County District Court.

As part of a plea agreement, four additional felony charges, plus five misdemeanor charges for theft and property damage, were dismissed.

According to the petitions, Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called to Peterson Bus Service on March 15 and May 4, 2008, to investigate burglary reports. On March 15, an employee reported that the doors to the business had been tampered with, the office ransacked and $164 in cash was missing.

Deputies were called back to the Oak Street South business on May 4 and discovered that someone had entered the building through a window. No cash or property was taken.

Deputies were later called to Pottery Workshop on West Central Avenue after a burglary alarm went off. They discovered a broken window. Again, nothing was taken.

On May 5, deputies were called around 10 a.m. to Marv's Wheel and Brake on South Main Street.

The cash register had been pried open and someone had taken about $50 in change. A handgun was also missing from the business. The owner explained that he had traded the gun for work done at the shop and estimated the value of the gun at $200.

In September, a detective received information from a man who said he received a similar gun from a relative of Sanftner after the relative had found the gun in his bedroom.

The man turned over the weapon to authorities and the business owner positively identified it.

During an Oct. 3 interview with a detective, Sanftner allegedly admitted to committing the burglaries in May and at the bus service a few months before.

He said he took only $30 from the bus garage, re-burglarized the bus garage later, entered the pottery shop, but didn't take anything and entered the auto shop through an open window and took the gun.