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Man sentenced to 180 days for theft of $80,000 in collectibles, including Nazi memorabilia

These are some of the memorabilia items recovered from an area home burglary as seen Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Moorhead. Forum News Service file photo1 / 2
Justin R. Marlen2 / 2

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A man who earlier pleaded to charges stemming from the theft of thousands of dollars worth of collectables from a rural Barnesville, Minn., home, including Nazi memorabilia, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Clay County District Court to 180 days in jail.

As part of a plea agreement, Justin R. Marlen, who had no permanent address listed, was also ordered to pay fees of $1,160. He will also have to pay restitution if that is ordered.

Marlen was given credit for having served six months.

He and a co-defendant, Amber Hedstrom, Barnesville, Minn., were charged in May after about $80,000 worth of collectables were stolen from the home of Hedstrom's father, who told investigators he let Hedstrom and her children stay at his home while he was out of town.

When he returned, he noticed items were missing, including collectables, knives, brass knuckles, two handguns, two shotguns, jewelry, prescription medications, electronics and tools, according to court documents.

Hedstrom's father reported the theft April 16 and investigators learned that his daughter allegedly let Marlen, her boyfriend at the time, take the items from the home, the documents said.

Detroit Lakes police later found some of the stolen property while executing a search warrant in another case. The man who had the property told police he received it from Marlen, according to court documents.

Among the items recovered were a few pieces of Nazi memorabilia: a sheet of stamps with Adolf Hitler's profile, an oversize card with Hitler's image and an employment record book issued by the German Reich, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Also recovered were boxing gloves signed by boxers Ken Norton and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, a Bowie knife, coins, cash, polished rocks and a virtual reality device, the complaint said.

Marlen pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and a number of other counts were dismissed.

Hedstrom has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 25.

Dave Olson
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