East Bethel man gets jail time for burglary

A 24-year-old East Bethel man was sentenced April 4 in Anoka County District Court to 90 days in jail for a felony conviction of third-degree burglary.

Matthew Paul Shimek was accused of stealing three Bushnell brand rangefinders and Marlboro cigarettes from the Hidden Haven Country Club in East Bethel. All three rangefinders were recovered after Shimek sold them at three different pawn shops.

Shimek was given credit for seven days already served in jail. He will be on five years probation. Additionally, he must pay a $585 fine.

In exchange for Shimek pleading guilty to third-degree burglary, Kurt Deile, assistant Anoka County Attorney, said another felony charge of vehicle theft was dropped.

Defense attorney Shawn Webb confirmed the vehicle theft charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement, but could not comment on whether his client would have pleaded guilty or whether he thought he would be convicted because of attorney-client privilege. Webb had been asked to comment on whether the vehicle owner’s story changed.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle owner was asleep next to Shimek and she noticed her keys were missing when she woke up the morning of Dec. 14, 2011. Another person present in the home claimed that Shimek took the vehicle.

The vehicle was involved in a crash at 6 a.m. the day the owner reported it stolen and Shimek was driving the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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