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Kandiyohi teen sentenced for garage burglary, arson cases in Willmar last year

WILLMAR -- Cody Ryan Sander, 18, of Kandiyohi, was sentenced Monday to 154 days in custody, probation until his 21st birthday and 100 hours of community service for breaking into garages and setting two garages on fire this summer in Willmar.

WILLMAR -- Cody Ryan Sander, 18, of Kandiyohi, was sentenced Monday to 154 days in custody, probation until his 21st birthday and 100 hours of community service for breaking into garages and setting two garages on fire this summer in Willmar.

As part of his extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court on three felony charges of burglary and arson, Sander was ordered to pay, jointly with his co-defendants, a total of $30,584.92 in restitution to the owners of the damaged homes and their insurance companies.

Sander was also ordered to attend a fire safety class, maintain employment and not use alcohol or drugs. He was given credit for 154 days already served in custody.

Under extended juvenile jurisdiction, a young defendant receives a juvenile sentence and a stayed adult sentence. If the juvenile fails to comply with the juvenile sentence, the adult sentence is enacted. Sander's adult sentence is 68 months in prison.

As part of a plea agreement, eight additional felony charges for burglary and theft were dismissed.

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Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

Three juveniles were charged in connection to the crime. Anthony Von Erickson, 16, of Willmar was sentenced to 180 days at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs and 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $5,460 in restitution. The third youth in the case is a 15-year-old and his court case is not public record.

According to the petitions against Erickson and Sander, Willmar police officers and firefighters were called around 2:30 a.m. June 12 to a garage fire along the 600 block of Ninth Street Southwest. As officers were responding to that fire, they were informed that another garage, along the 500 block of Ninth Street, was also on fire. The resident of a nearby home reported his garage had been entered, a gas can moved and several items missing. Another nearby homeowner reported the next day that someone had attempted to start a vehicle on fire in their garage, but that the car did not catch fire.

Also missing from those garages and others was $1,262 in property, including a GPS unit, cooler, charcoal grill, stereo, compact discs, motorcycle helmet, beer, liquor, food and a backpack containing college books.

The suspects had used flammable materials to start the fire along the 600 block of Ninth Street Southwest and the fire destroyed a building and a 1993 Ford Taurus parked inside the garage. The intense blaze was punctuated by a number of explosions and spread to the rear of a neighboring home that was also damaged.

The fire along the 500 block destroyed the garage and an ATV and truck parked inside.

Another nearby homeowner heard a window being smashed and saw three people run away.

Around 5 a.m., a Pope County police dog was brought in to assist with the search for the suspects. Around the same time, the collection of items stolen from the garages was discovered at a location on Ninth Street Southwest.

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The suspects were spotted nearby and officers pursued them on foot.

Sander and Erickson were arrested at a residence on Becker Avenue.

The 15-year-old was apprehended by a Pope County deputy.

Related Topics: KANDIYOHICRIME
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