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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Man who raided garage fridge for beer, Sorenson, pleads guilty

  • A Willmar man who admitted helping himself to a few beers in a neighbor’s garage after being caught on camera has struck a plea deal.
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  • A Willmar man who admitted helping himself to a few beers in a neighbor’s garage after being caught on camera has struck a plea deal.
    Kevin Gene Sorenson, 50, pleaded guilty Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court to a misdemeanor charge for taking alcoholic beverages stored in a refrigerator in the garage.
    District Judge David L. Mennis sentenced Sorenson to 90 days in jail, which was stayed, pay a $50 fine, serve one year of probation and follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.
    As part of the plea agreement, a third-degree felony burglary charge was dismissed.
    Willmar police began investigating Oct. 25 when residents of a home reported that someone had entered their garage and drank a half bottle of rum and several beers that were chilling in the refrigerator.
    The residents reported in early November that more beer was missing from the garage refrigerator, so police installed a motion-activated camera directly over the refrigerator.
    Images from the camera showed that a man was inside the garage Nov. 18 and Nov. 28. One of the residents picked Sorenson from a photo lineup and knew he lived a few blocks from the home. When Sorenson was informed about the camera, he admitted entering the unlocked garage and taking beer.

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