Last defendant in burglaries pleads guilty, sent to jail
Jade Juhlin, 20, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony burglary.
Juhlin also was ordered by Judge Robert Kennedy to pay more than $23,000 in restitution to the victims.
Kennedy told Juhlin that because the burglars did not close the doors when they left, the interiors of the homes were exposed to the winter cold. The weather conditions caused a lot of internal damage to the structures, which explained why restitution was high, he said.
Steven Wynstra, 20, and Dustin Krueger, 20, also were linked to the string of lake home burglaries, according to criminal complaints filed against them. All of the men are from Elkhorn.
Wynstra and Krueger earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of felony burglary. Wynstra was placed on 10 years of probation, Kruger on three years of probation. Both men were order to spend six months in county jail as conditions of their probations.
Krueger was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution, Wynstra about $9,000.
According to criminal complaints:
The men were apprehended March 10, 2010, while committing a burglary.
The burglaries were between Thanksgiving 2009 and March 2010 in La Grange and Lafayette townships. Taken from two homes were televisions, cameras, an electric piano, video gaming systems, food and alcohol.
Taken from another home were kitchen knives, binoculars, about 30 video games, fishing poles and a Swiss army knife.
Another home lost a laundry basket, several cases of beer, soda and frozen pizza.
Electronics and televisions were sold to friends.
Other items in evidence vaults of investigating police agencies will be released to their owners, Kennedy said.
Last updated: 5:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012