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Menahga man sentenced for burglary

Brandon Duke Jacob, 20, of Menahga was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft of property.

A felony chare of second-degree burglary of a dwelling was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records: In the evening of Feb. 18, a neighbor saw him take a large object from a house in Menahga and put it in his vehicle.

The neighbor checked the house after he left and saw a bedroom door had been forced open and a safe stolen.

The safe contained about $1,400 in cash, along with important papers and car titles.

The homeowners told a deputy they have kept a safe in the house for years, and that Jacob had lived with them off and on for about four years, but had not lived with them for several months at the time of the theft.

On Wednesday, District Judge Joe Evans stayed imposition of sentence for five years and placed him on supervised probation. He must serve 90 days in jail, with credit for 63 days served, and pay a $1,000 fine plus court fees.

He must also pay restitution of $4,562 and complete the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, including in-patient treatment, abstaining from drugs and alcohol and completing aftercare.

He was also ordered to make active efforts towards employment or higher education.