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Linn woman receives probation in burglary case

Linn woman receives probation in burglary case

May 17th, 2018 by News Tribune in Local News

A Linn woman charged after Cole County Sheriff's Department deputies investigated three residential burglaries in October has been placed on five years of supervised probation.

Kimberly Prater, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, stealing and second-degree property damage.

Cole County Judge Dan Green also ordered Prater to pay $475 in restitution.

The first burglary was reported in the 6700 block of Loesch Road, the second in the 5500 block of Buffalo Road and the last in the 5200 block of Route D, according to Sheriff's Department reports.

A deputy went to the first burglary on Loesch Road and was told by a witness he had seen a man and woman near the residence prior to finding the residence had been broken into, according to the sheriff. The back door had been kicked in and broken.

Later, a deputy saw a vehicle in the 5700 block of Loesch Road with a man and woman (Prater) matching the witness' description. The deputy stopped the vehicle, and the two were arrested. Their arrests led to the recovery of stolen items and linked the pair to all three burglaries.

Prater and her accomplice allegedly stole items such as an Xbox 360, a 9mm pistol, jewelry and several hundred dollars' worth of change. When questioned, Prater admitted they had committed the burglaries.

Their arrests also led authorities to more stolen property seized, three cars impounded and one search warrant served in the 3200 block of Cassidy Road.