Last teen sentenced in string of burglariesA Superior man will spend four years on probation and nine months in jail for his role in a string of rural burglaries in the spring 2012.
A Superior man will spend four years on probation and nine months in jail for his role in a string of rural burglaries in the spring 2012.
Nathan Edward Birkholz, 18, pleaded no contest in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to two counts misdemeanor theft as a party to a crime and one count felony burglary as a party to a crime.
He was sentenced to nine months in jail for one of the theft, with Huber work release granted. Birkholz is allowed to serve the sentence in Bayfield County. For the other two charges, Judge Kelly Thimm sentenced the 18-year-old to four years of probation with conditions that include paying $423 restitution, undergoing chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and having no contact with the victims.
Two additional counts of theft and three additional counts of burglary were dismissed, but read in for sentencing.
Another seven burglary six theft charges, and charges of credit card theft and fraudulent use of a credit card were dismissed.
Birkholz also pleaded to one count of battery as party to a crime stemming from a separate incident. He was sentenced to two years of probation, concurrent, and ordered to pay $297 restitution and $243 in court costs.
Birkholz is one of four teens accused of stealing gas, change and more in a rash of thefts in the towns of Oakland, Superior, Lakeside, Amnicon, Summit and Parkland and the village of Poplar in April and May 2012. The majority of the thefts were from garages, utility buildings, sheds and vehicles. The other three teens have already been convicted and are serving their sentences.
When questioned, the teens admitted to breaking into garages and cars searching mainly for gas and change, according to the criminal complaints. Birkholz told Douglas County Sheriff’s Detective Brad Hoyt they would take cans of gas, fill their tanks and then toss the can. The teens targeted places at random and never broke into a locked place, according to the complaint. One teen said if people did not close their garage door, they were asking to be broken into.