Ramsey man sentenced for breaking into honor box

A 44-year-old Ramsey man has been sentenced to jail and community service work for breaking into an Anoka County regional park honor box.

Richard Dennis Gilligan, 44, was sentenced in Anoka County District Nov. 1 to 17 months in prison, which was stayed for three years, as well as 90 days in jail.

Gilligan was given credit for 44 days for time served. He will also be on probation for three years and must do 50 hours of community service work over two years in lieu of a $500 fine.

While originally charged with the felony possession of burglary or thefts tool and receiving stolen property, Gilligan pleaded guilty to possessing the burglary tools, while the receiving property charge was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, a Ramsey police officer Aug. 13 was checking on the Rum River Central Park, 17955 Roanoke St., around 7:15 a.m. when she spotted Gilligan near the honor box, where park patrons deposit their park fee outside of gate hours.

Gilligan was holding a yellow bolt cutters and was poised to cut the lock off of the box, located at the park entrance.

He threw the bolt cutters under his truck when he saw the officer.

In his post-Miranda statement, Gilligan said he was trying to use the bolt cutters to cut the lock off of the box so he could take the money for his personal needs.

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department had reported several similar thefts from honor boxes as well as a break-in at the Rum River Central Park gate house, in which a $1,500 radio taken.

During a search of Gilligan’s home, the Ramsey police found the stolen Anoka County Radio.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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