By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — A Warsaw man will serve a six-year sentence locally after stealing a vehicle and breaking into a residence.
Fred Joseph Landolt III, 34, 2580 E. Wooster Road, Warsaw, was charged with burglary, a level 4 felony; auto theft, a level 6 felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
Landolt was sentenced in Kosciusko Superior Court One on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
For burglary, Kosciusko Superior Court One Judge Karin McGrath sentenced Landolt to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction, with three years executed and three years suspended on probation. He also received a two-year DOC sentence for auto theft and a one-year DOC sentence for theft. All three counts will run concurrently, or at the same time.
McGrath said she had no objection to Landolt serving the executed part of his sentence through the Kosciusko County Work Release program, which he was approved to participate in. Landolt also has 95 days of jail time credit.
On May 20, a Warsaw Police officer received a report about a 2015 Dodge Ram being stolen on May 19. The officer spoke with the Ram’s owner, who said he recently purchased the vehicle for over $19,000.
According to court documents, the vehicle’s owner said his cellphone was in the vehicle when it was stolen. He discovered through GPS tracking that his phone was in Columbia City. The Columbia City Police Department was contacted, with officers finding the Dodge Ram in the Columbia City Walmart parking lot.
Landolt was located inside the Dodge Ram and admitted to driving the vehicle from Warsaw to Columbia City. Upon searching the stolen vehicle, officers found tennis shoes, blankets, and $260 in U.S. currency, all of which were items stolen from a man’s residence.
Landolt admitted to entering a residence and stealing items, including keys to the Dodge Ram.