WHITE LAKE-A Sioux Falls man was sentenced last week to spend three years in prison for breaking into a woman's White Lake house and stealing her car.
Tyler Nicholson, 22, pleaded guilty on Feb. 13 to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to three years in the state penitentiary with credit for 65 days served.
An Aurora County sheriff's deputy was told at about 1:40 p.m. on April 26 that someone was driving a tan Buick that belonged to a woman who was in a nursing home and did not drive.
The woman who called reportedly said that she had seen the car on North Walnut Street and High Street in White Lake.
The car was found at a house at the corner of East and Division streets, but the owner of the house reportedly did not know the car was parked in her driveway.
Law enforcement allegedly found two bottles of Jack Daniel's and a plastic container filled with coins inside the car, and the keys were found in the passenger seat.
The woman who alerted the deputy to the incident said she believed Nicholson was responsible for stealing the car and that Nicholson, who was on parole at the time, had an ankle monitor with a GPS tracker on it. She said that she believed the bottles and the change had come from her house, and it was confirmed that a coin container was missing from her house.
The following day, a parole officer informed the sheriff's office that the monitor was found in a ditch along Interstate 90 and that a map showed movement consistent with where the car was believed to have been taken and where it was found.
Nicholson was originally charged with both burglary and grand theft of more than $2,500 and less than $5,000.01, but the state dropped the latter charge when Nicholson pleaded guilty to burglary on the day he was sentenced.
The court ordered Nicholson's sentence to run consecutive with the four-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, which he was given in Pennington County in August 2016. According to a Department of Corrections database, he is currently being held at the Rapid City Community Work Center.