Rinkel sentenced to 47 months; given five years probation

In the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County, Brian Donald Rinkel, 31, Maple Grove, was convicted April 18 of two felony counts of third degree burglary and two counts of receiving stolen property.

On Sept. 4, 2011, Rinkel was observed moving metal items out of a barn located in Lakin Township. The renter of the property got a partial license plate number which he gave to law enforcement. A Department of Vehicle Services photo of Rinkel was shown to the renter who confirmed it was the person removing items from the barn.

On Oct. 31, 2011, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen 2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 four-wheeler from a garage.

On June 18, 2012, Rinkel was again arrested for burglary, possession of drugs and driving after revocation.

He was seen driving on property in Lakin Township and was later followed to another residence, also in Lakin Township.

Law enforcement noted wiring had been torn off the walls, light fixtures and an electrical fuse panel removed as well as wiring from the inside of the victim’s barn. Food from a freezer was also taken.

The vehicle, owned by Rinkel, was located and in it were several feet of electrical wire, light fixtures, metal piping and food from the victim’s freezer. The vehicle did not have license plates on it and it was learned Rinkel’s driver’s license had been revoked.

Also found in the truck was a glass pipe containing a white residue that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

On June 20, 2012, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of burglary. The victim said he had not been to the property for several weeks. When he arrived, he saw pry marks on the door of the garage and discovered a hitch, a generator and an older snowmobile missing.

Responding to a tip the items were located at a residence owned by Rinkel’s father in Mount Morris Township, Morrison County. Sheriff’s officers investigated June 21, 2012, and found the hitch, generator and other items with a total value of about $5,600.

Rinkel’s father was again contacted June 22, 2012, concerning the four-wheeler and he stated there was a Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV on his property which had been brought there the previous fall by his son.

For the first count of third degree burglary, Rinkel was sentenced to 366 days in prison, stayed for five years. He was given 150 days credit for the 113 days he spent in jail, fined $135 and given five years of supervised probation.

For the second count of third degree burglary, Rinkel was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for five years.

He was given 150 days credit for the 113 days he spent in jail, fined $135, ordered to pay $5,427 in restitution and given five years of supervised probation.

For receiving stolen property, Rinkel was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for five years. He was given 150 days credit for the 113 days spent in jail, fined $135, ordered to pay $2,990.05 in restitution and given five years of supervised probation.

For the second count of receiving stolen property, Rinkel was sentenced to 17 months in prison, stayed for five years and given 150 days credit for the 113 days he spent in jail. He was fined $135, ordered to pay restitution of $2,985.28 and given five years of supervised probation.

Dismissed against Rinkel was one felony count each of receiving stolen property and fifth degree possession of drugs. Assistant District Attorney Todd Kosovich said this was due to his pleading guilty to the four other felony counts.

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