WARSAW — A Warsaw man was sentenced today, Thursday, March 15, in Kosciusko Superior 1 Court after breaking into Explorer Van and stealing merchandise in April 2017.
Jacob David Anderson, 26, 711 E. Main St., Warsaw, was charged with burglary, a level 5 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on April 30, 2017, officers responded to a report of burglary at Explorer Van in Warsaw.
An employee informed officers that upon arriving at work, he found Anderson and another male inside a secured, fenced-in area of the business. The employee stated that they ran from him, and he caught up to Anderson, while the other male fled.
Anderson told officers that he knew the gate code to enter the property and stole televisions and auto parts from the business.
Anderson was arrested on Jan. 27 on five outstanding warrants.
“Mr. Anderson understands that it’s a matter of grace he’s not being tried for failure to appear,” Defense Attorney Dana Leon said, referencing the several instances Anderson failed to appear for court.
“Not showing up was dumb,” Leon said. “But I still have hope for Mr. Anderson.”
Anderson also apologized to the court.
“I can’t do anything else but apologize for my actions, which were stupid,” Anderson said.
Judge David Cates sentenced Anderson to three years in the custody of the Kosciusko County sheriff, with two and a half of those years suspended on probation. Anderson also has 63 days of jail time credit.
“I don’t need repeat customers,” Cates said. “You’re 26. It’s time to grow up.”