Dearmond charged with third-degree burglary
WORTHINGTON -- Cameron Dearmond, 27, formerly of Michigan, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to four charges relating to a break-in at a gas station in Worthington at the end of March. Dearmond is charged with third-degree burglary, a felony...
WORTHINGTON - Cameron Dearmond, 27, formerly of Michigan, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to four charges relating to a break-in at a gas station in Worthington at the end of March. Dearmond is charged with third-degree burglary, a felony; theft and two counts of fourth-degree damage to property, all misdemeanors.
According to court records, Worthington Police officers responded to a burglary alarm at a gas station on Humiston Avenue at approximately 1:05 a.m. Officers noticed a door on the south side of the building had a window pane broken. One officer deployed his K-9 partner into the building prior to entry by law enforcement. No one was found in the store.
Officers reviewed surveillance footage that showed a white male pick up something from the ground, later determined to be a rock, and throw it at the door, breaking the glass at approximately 12:58 a.m. The suspect entered the store and took two packs of cigarettes from behind the counter before walking into the cooler and taking a half gallon of chocolate milk. He then left the store with the items, heading south away from the property.
Soon after, Dearmond returned to the property wearing the same clothing as observed on the man in the video; he also had in his possession the cigarettes and milk. Dearmond told officers he was the person who had shattered the glass and taken the items and wanted to turn himself in. He was then transported to the Nobles County Jail.
While at the jail, Dearmond told officers he had been throwing rocks at other buildings, later identified as two businesses on Oxford Street, but he didn’t believe he’d caused any damage. Dearmond admitted to taking the items from the store and hiding across the street when police arrived and he ultimately decided to turn himself in.
When officers went to the auto parts store at which Dearmond said he had also thrown a rock, officers observed a rock approximately three inches in diameter stuck in the window. No other damage was found.
If convicted, third-degree burglary carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. The three misdemeanor charges carry a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. Dearmond has requested a jury trial in the case and remains in the Nobles County Jail on a $20,000 bond with conditions.