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Theft of car, guns lead to Drug Court

Shawn Anthony Mosca, 39, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft.

Gross misdemeanor charges of driving after cancelation of license and giving a false name to a police officer were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Nov. 16, 2017, officers responded to a report of an overdose by a person in a vehicle parked by the side of the road in rural Becker County.

Officers found the vehicle and made contact with a man and woman there. When asked his name, Mosca gave police the name and birthdate of a different person, and they later found his driver’s license was canceled as inimical to public safety.

The vehicle turned out to be stolen, with the woman admitting they did not have permission to take the vehicle and saying that Mosca had taken the keys from a man’s residence. Mosca and the woman, Tonya Love Lee Arthur, 39, were arrested for auto theft.

Police searched the vehicle and found a hunting bow in the trunk that had been at the victim’s residence, and the victim said two firearms, including a .30-06 rifle, were missing -- one from the trunk and one from his home.

The woman told police that Mosca had taken the guns and they had traded them for drugs with a man in Pelican Rapids.

The Pelican Rapids man said the two of them gave him the guns to settle a debt.

Mosca appeared June 14 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 24 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 20 years, and ordered him to serve 91 days in jail, with credit for 91 days served.

He was fined $500 plus $665 in court fees.

He was ordered to successfully complete the Becker County Drug Court program and was placed on supervised probation for 20 years.