Nickey Charged for Legion Burglary, Claims “Lack of Evidence”
Jonathon Nickey, 30, was charged with third degree burglary, Tuesday, in Pine County court. Nickey is the man suspected of breaking into the Pine City American Legion on Saturday. Investigations are on going regarding his possible involvement with similar break-ins at the Pine City VFW and Pine County Fairgrounds in Pine City.
The Brainerd resident allegedly broke into the American Legion using the back fire door stealing bottles of liquor and beer. Repairs are expected to cost a couple hundred dollars, according to Legion Manager Jack Grave.
T-shirts and other items were stolen from the Pine County fair office. Prosecution said fair shirts were found in the same area Nickey traveled the night of the burglaries.
Nickey said in court, “I plan on taking this matter to trial because of lack of evidence.”
Judge Krista Martin set conditional bail at $5,000. Nickey is to have no contact with any of the three facilities under investigation. He indicated to Judge Martin that he is unable to pay the bond, adding that he does not want to sit in jail for a year because he believes he is innocent.
Unconditional bail is $15,000. Nickey said, “I have never missed a court date in my life.” Martin said in court that Nickey has three previous felonies. Court reports indicate he pleaded not guilty in April to misdemeanor domestic assault, disorderly conduct, and obstruct legal process.
He is due back in court July 27th at 11 a.m.