WOONSOCKET — Two men were sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for breaking into an Artesian storage unit last July.
Michael Casanova, 40, of Ramona, and 32-year-old Daniel Curtis, of Howard, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in January and December, respectively, and were both sentenced to four years in prison with 18 months suspended on Feb. 6.
On July 24, the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office began investigating the burglary. Collectible knives, swords, tools and personal items were reported missing from the storage unit, according to court documents.
The owner of the items positively identified some of them as having been pawned at shops in Mitchell and Brookings by Curtis. On Aug. 25, sheriffs' offices in Sanborn and Miner counties and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks executed a search warrant on Curtis' residence in Howard and found multiple items stolen from the storage unit.
Curtis reportedly indicated he had pawned items at Casanova's direction, and additional stolen items were found in a Ramona residence when another search warrant was executed there.
Both men were initially charged with third-degree burglary and grand theft. Casanova received credit for 39 days in jail, and Curtis was given credit for 16. Both were ordered to pay $606.50 in fines and court costs.