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New London man faces nine felonies; stolen guns found in fish house

WILLMAR — Sebastian Allan Amundson, 21, of New London, made his first court appearance Wednesday on nine felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property for allegedly taking guns from a Spicer storage locker in November.

He was released on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is June 3.

According to the complaint, the stolen guns were later recovered from a fish house parked on a New London property. Amundson also faces a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a Spicer residence on Nov. 18 on a report that a storage locker had been burglarized and that the contents of the locker, including six guns and other items, were missing. An individual had witnessed Amundson at the storage facility prior to the report.

Amundson was also at the location when the deputy responded and denied knowing anything about the theft. He said another man was the person to question.

The other man was questioned and said he had nothing to do with the theft and that Amundson was likely involved.

Information from an informant included that Amundson had stashed the stolen guns in a fish house parked on a New London property. Officers executed a search warrant on the fish house and found the guns and pharmacy information for Amundson.

The owner of the guns positively identified the guns as his property.

Amundson called the dispatch center while the search warrant was being served and said that he’d been set up by someone, that someone else had taken his lock off the fish house and then put a new lock on the house. He was later interviewed and claimed that two people attempted to sell him the guns, but that he walked away from the deal. He claimed that he got nervous after his first conversation with the deputy and that he’d put his own guns in the fish house, the same fish house where the stolen property was located.

A deputy interviewed the man who allegedly attempted to sell Amundson the guns and he denied selling or attempting to sell guns to Amundson.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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