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Sentences handed out in rural Hancock County burglaries

Chad Traeger

Third defendant still pleading not guilty.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 3:11 PM

GARNER, Iowa – Two of the three men charged in a pair of rural Hancock County burglaries have now been sentenced.

Authorities say 43-year-old Michael Anthony Christiansen of Chanhassen, Minnesota told 43-year-old Chad William Traeger and 44-year-old Matthew Wayne Jones, both of Eagle Grove, to go to a home in the 1400 block of Welch Avenue on two different days and remove certain items. Court documents state that Christiansen claimed he was going to be renting the place and has permission to clean it up, but that was not true.

Matthew Jones

Michael Christiansen

Traeger and Jones both pleaded guilty to one count of 4th degree theft and were sentenced Tuesday to seven days in jail. They must also pay $315 fines and restitution to the victim.

Christiansen has pleaded not guilty to two counts of 3rd degree burglary. His next court appearance is set for January 9, 2018.

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