Josea Allen Cain, 28, Brainerd, was convicted July 6, in Morrison County District Court of felony first degree burglary. A felony charge for receiving stolen property was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
The charge stems from a Feb. 4, 2016 incident, when law enforcement began investigating reports of vehicle tampering in Pierz.
A witness came to speak to law enforcement and said she was with Cain during two such tampering incidents.
The witness told officers that she had observed Cain steal several firearms from a residence north of Harding.
The witness was driving with Cain in the car when he told her to drop him off near Harding.
The witness did so and shortly after, said Cain called and asked to be picked up.
When the witnessed picked Cain up from the residence, he had two rifles with him that he didn’t have when he was dropped off at the residence.
Cain later made a comment about stealing the guns and hid them in a black tote in the witness’s apartment.
During a search of the witness’s apartment, officers found the guns hidden in the tote, as described.
The owner of the residence was then contacted and identified the guns as those that were stolen from a heated workshop on the property.
Cain was sentenced to 19 days in jail and was given credit for 19 days served.
He was also sentenced to 20 years of supervised probation and was fined $1,521.85, including restitution to the victim.