Two facing burglary charges for alleged theft from home
LAKEFIELD ― Two Jackson County men will appear in court on accusations that they stole items from a Lakefield residence.
A Jackson County deputy sheriff responded Sept. 6 to a report that a trail camera and chainsaw had been stolen around midnight Sept. 3. The homeowner explained that they have cameras around the property and, when retrieving the memory cards, noticed that one of the cameras was missing. When the homeowner viewed the footage on the remaining cameras, they observed two men carrying a chainsaw and other items, as well as a vehicle with a visible license plate.
Using the license plate number, the deputy traced the vehicle registration to Robert Pohlman, 41, of Lakefield. Pohlman had been planning to buy the property from the current owners.
Law enforcement was unable to locate Pohlman until searching for the other man in the video, identified as Jason Mekosch, 44, of Jackson. Both men were found at Mekosch's residence, and were served trespassing notices for the property that had been robbed.
The men allegedly admitted that they had been on the property on the night in question and that they had taken the items from the property. Pohlman and Mekosch were charged with aiding and advising third-degree burglary and possession of stolen property, both felonies, and were served summons to appear in court on these charges.
Each offense carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, but if they are convicted, the men will be sentenced based on criminal history.
Because neither Pohlman nor Mekosch was booked into jail, there are no mugshots of the men.