Gordon man accused of cabin burglary spree appears in court
A Gordon man accused of stealing tools, jewelry, guns, electronics alcohol and other items from more than a dozen cabins in Douglas County made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court last week.
Jacob Alan King, 19, faces 19 counts of burglary for a rash of break-ins that took place last fall. The burglaries occurred at cabins in the towns of Wascott, Gordon and Solon Springs. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 12 years and six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000 for each count. A cash bond of $1,000 was set for the case with the condition that King have no contact with any of the alleged victims. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of numerous cabin break-ins that took place between August and November of 2013. Items taken included alcohol, guns, electronics, animal pelts, full gas cans, food, pillow cases, sleeping bags, plastic totes and more. King, who had been arrested on a non-related warrant, was interviewed about the crimes. He admitted committing some burglaries with a Wascott resident. He pointed out several cabins and provided details about how each burglary was committed to sheriff’s department detectives. He said he and the Wascott male would go to Gordon from Superior in an SUV. They would then drive around looking for cabins with no lights on and no vehicles in the driveway. The two would pry the door open or break a window and rush through the cabin grabbing whatever they could. During the burglaries the two would smoke marijuana and drink the alcohol they found. He told detectives that the two would do two or three burglaries a night and that they went two or three times a week during about five weeks. No charges had been filed against the Wascott male as of press time.