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Braman sentenced for Ruttger's thefts

Anthony Lee Braman, 19, of Laporte, has been sentenced for two counts of felony third-degree burglary for burglarizing area businesses.

Braman pleaded guilty to the charges April 7 and was sentenced May 11 by Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof. Braman was sentenced to 60 days in jail and given five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 46 days in jail with credit for 14 days served, pay or work off a fine of $1,083, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, complete a diagnostic assessment and follow recommendations, submit a DNA sample and obtain his high school diploma. Restitution was reserved.

According to the criminal complaint, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to Ruttger's at 6 a.m. Dec. 8 in reference to a burglary. The door to the office and pool area had been forced open and cash, a color TV, walkie-talkies, snacks and keys to other Ruttger's buildings had been stolen.

The suspect vehicle left "distinctive" tire tracks in the fresh snow, which indicated that a pickup with tires for off-road use had been used. A chain that had been hanging from the end of the truck had also left an imprint in the snow.

Ruttger's employees indicated that two males were the last two people on the premises at the resort Sunday night. One of them had arrived with Bryant, who owned a Toyota 4Runner with off-road tires, the complaint states.

Deputies located the 4Runner in a driveway on the 900 block of America Avenue Northwest with tires that matched that tracks left at the scene of the crime.

A search warrant was obtained and deputies executed the search warrant at the residence, finding a large quantity of property that was stolen from Ruttger's along with property taken in other suspected burglaries.

Braman lived at the residence and was arrested.

Braman in a statement with deputies confessed to breaking into Ruttger's with another suspect, 19-year-old Zachary Daniel Bryant of Bemidji, and took $204 in cash plus other property. He said they had committed numerous other burglaries in Beltrami and Hubbard counties in recent weeks.

Specifically, he said the duo had broken into Auto Mart in Bemidji and stole a TV, computer and snack foods.

He also said they had burglarized the Chalet Car Wash and stole about $390, the complaint states.

Braman further stated that they had broken into Corner Sports Store on a number of occasions and stole CD players and other property.

The 4Runner was seized and searched. Inside were burglary tools and property stolen during other burglaries at Corner Sports, the Git R Dun Saloon and the Chalet Car Wash.

Bryant pleaded guilty Jan. 20 and was sentenced Feb. 23 for two counts of felony third-degree burglary. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of supervised probation. He also was given a $1,083 fine, plus conditions.