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Worthington man submits guilty pleas to burglarizing downtown businesses


WORTHINGTON — Although he couldn’t remember ever burglarizing two downtown Worthington businesses, a Worthington man that appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court couldn’t argue that he didn’t.

Virgilio Cerda, 22, submitted a Norgaard Plea in relation to an incident two years ago in which The Cow’s Outside (Buffalo Billfold) and Adorn 1024 were burglarized.

Cerda told Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore that he had routinely been taking a variety of non-prescribed controlled substances at the time, causing him to have no recollection of the events. However, with DNA samples from blood located at The Cow’s Outside and a half-eaten candy bar found in Adorn 1024 pointing to an extreme likelihood they belonged to him, he said he couldn’t argue that he hadn’t broken into the downtown businesses.

According to the criminal complaint, an employee of The Cow’s Outside heard a noise in the basement of the business when she unlocked the door on Jan. 20, 2017. A man came running up the stairs and blew past her, she told law enforcement. A broken window was also discovered.

As employees were cleaning up, they located four bracelets. The items were said to have been listed in Adorn 1024’s inventory, which had also been burglarized around the same time. The complaint details that around 80 items were missing from Adorn, valued at more than $1,000.

If Cerda is sentenced in accordance to his plea agreement, he’ll serve 120 days in jail, pay restitution and perform 150 hours of community service. Three other charges will likely be dismissed.

Sentencing is to be scheduled following the completion of a pre-sentence investigation and chemical dependency evaluation.

Charges remain pending related to Cerda’s alleged involvement in an early Christmas morning burglary of Sterling Drug in Worthington. According to that complaint, The Stag Clothiers was also burglarized around that same time. The discovery of more than $700 at the time of his arrest was approximately the amount reportedly stolen from The Stag’s cash register, but Cerda denied burglarizing The Stag and has not been charged in connection with it.

He is currently being held at the Nobles County Jail in relation to the Sterling Drug burglary.