Multiple guns stolen, pawned
An Amery man faces nine felony charges stemming from a string of at least 10 burglaries and thefts in which several guns were allegedly stolen.
According to the criminal complaint, Alexander CD Otis, 24, stole a variety of items over several months from a friend’s mother who lives in the 900 block of East Sixth Street and her airplane hangar at the New Richmond Regional Airport.
Among the items taken were at least five handguns, at least two rifles and at least two shotguns. Also taken were a lawnmower, a sawzall, a knife collection, scopes, coins, diamond rings, cash and the woman’s parents’ wedding rings. Otis later sold most of the items at pawn shops in Amery and St. Croix Falls, according to the complaint.
After being phoned by a New Richmond detective, Otis met with investigators and confessed to stealing “from his best friend and his best friend’s mother and grandmother” for about five months, according to the complaint. He also said he was on probation for doing the same thing to his aunt and uncle.
Otis told police that he found an open safe in the home on an occasion in November 2013. He began by stealing some of the cash at the time and eventually took it all. He also knew where the woman kept a key to her airplane hangar. He told police that he would go to the house, pick up the hangar key, steal items there, then go back to the house to return the key. According to the complaint, Otis told police he had received between $5,000 and $7,000 for the stolen items he had pawned or sold. The victim provided a list to investigators showing the total loss of cash, old coins and proof sets was more than $18,400.
Otis has been charged with three counts of burglary of a building or dwelling, three counts of theft of moveable property and three counts of arming himself with a dangerous weapon during a burglary.
A signature bond was set on July 25, and Otis is scheduled to next appear in court for a status conference on Sept. 15.