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Grand Forks man pleads guilty, is sentenced for Kmart burglary

A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for an October burglary at the Kmart in Grand Forks. Police were dispatched at 3:17 a.m. Oct. 20 to Kmart, where surveillance footage caught Luke Adam Gatlin, 33, stealing 21 electronic ta...

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Kmart's parent company announced it will close the Grand Forks store in March. Photo by Lori Weber Menke/Grand Forks Herald

A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for an October burglary at the Kmart in Grand Forks. Police were dispatched at 3:17 a.m. Oct. 20 to Kmart, where surveillance footage caught Luke Adam Gatlin, 33, stealing 21 electronic tablets and 91 pieces of jewelry totaling more than $11,600.
In the month after the burglary, two Grand Forks pawn shops alerted investigators Gatlin had sold them tablets and jewelry that matched the ones stolen from Kmart. After reaching a plea deal, Gatlin pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and dealing in stolen property in exchange for dismissal of a felony charge for theft of property. He was ordered to spend five years in prison with 40 months suspended, five years on supervised probation and pay $10,187.55 in restitution. Gatlin received credit for 150 days served in jail. On Monday, Gatlin was also sentenced to spend 18 months on supervised probation, to run concurrently with the burglary case, for possession of drug paraphernalia.A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for an October burglary at the Kmart in Grand Forks.Police were dispatched at 3:17 a.m. Oct. 20 to Kmart, where surveillance footage caught Luke Adam Gatlin, 33, stealing 21 electronic tablets and 91 pieces of jewelry totaling more than $11,600.
In the month after the burglary, two Grand Forks pawn shops alerted investigators Gatlin had sold them tablets and jewelry that matched the ones stolen from Kmart.After reaching a plea deal, Gatlin pleaded guilty Monday to burglary and dealing in stolen property in exchange for dismissal of a felony charge for theft of property.He was ordered to spend five years in prison with 40 months suspended, five years on supervised probation and pay $10,187.55 in restitution. Gatlin received credit for 150 days served in jail.On Monday, Gatlin was also sentenced to spend 18 months on supervised probation, to run concurrently with the burglary case, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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