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Three Wagner men arrested for stealing sound system from school's football stadium

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WAGNER — Three Wagner men were arrested and charged last month for stealing a sound system from the Wagner Community School's football stadium.

Bradley French, 19, Francis Coltrin, 20, and Scott Starbuck, 22, were charged in September for third-degree burglary and intentional damage to property.

On July 3, the Wagner Community School was notified a third party had broken into the football stadium. According to court documents, the football stadium and concession stand door locks were broken. The stadium's portable sound system was also reported stolen. According to Wagner Community School Superintendent Linda Foos, the sound system is valued at $5,195.

On July 5, Wagner Police Chief Tim Simonsen reviewed the surveillance video provided by the school. The video footage showed three men entering the stadium on July 2 at approximately 12:39 a.m. At approximately 1:36 a.m. the video footage showed two of the three men carrying the sound system, court documents state. The Wagner Police posted pictures of the three men from the surveillance footage in the police department.

On July 6, Wagner Police Officer DesaRae Gravatt located Coltrin and French walking near High Avenue SW in Wagner. Officer Gravatt asked Coltrin about what happened at the football field. According to court documents, Coltrin said "My friend kicked in the door and took that speaker thing." Coltrin stated to police "he told Scott not to do it" and that "they were drinking." Officer Gravatt asked Coltrin who the third person was in the video. Coltrin allegedly pointed to his brother and said "my brother Bradley."

French and Coltrin both allegedly admitted to police they were at the school but "Scottie" was the one who kicked the door and stole the sound system. Officer Gravatt went to the residence of Scott Starbuck in Wagner. Starbuck came outside and was told by police there was video footage of what happened at the football stadium.

Starbuck walked inside of his residence and returned with the stolen sound system. Starbuck told police "he was very drunk and he acted alone," according to court documents.

An arrest warrant was issued on July 27 for Coltrin, French and Starbuck. They were charged in September for third-degree burglary and intentional damage to property valued between $400 to $1000. A preliminary hearing for Coltrin, French and Starbuck is scheduled for Oct. 31.

Third-degree burglary is a Class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Intentional damage to property valued between $400 to $1000 is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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