Alleged gun burglar sits in court
WORTHINGTON — A 17-year-old juvenile male arrested on Nov. 10 in conjunction with the Oct. 29 guns burglary in Marshall made his first court appearance Monday in Nobles County District Court.
The juvenile pled not guilty to charges of one count of receiving stolen property, possessing a pistol without a permit and possession of a firearm by a person under 18. In January, he had pled guilty to an adult driving while intoxicated charge; other charges are currently pending for distribution of prescription medication.
A public defender representing the 17-year-old argued the gun found in the backpack in the back seat of the vehicle searched during the Nov. 10 incident was not directly in his possession. An evidentiary hearing has been set for Nov. 26 to determine probable cause for the charges against him.
The juvenile is also still a suspect in the Oct. 29 burglary of Borch’s Sporting Goods, which involved a vehicle stolen earlier that day in Worthington. It was discovered by Marshall police officers that his shoe print was a match to one found at the Borch’s crime scene. Charges against him have not been filed for the burglary.
The juvenile was denied release to his mother’s custody. He will be transported back to the Willmar facility, where he will remain until the evidentiary hearing.