The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 7, 2014

COURTS: Bertrand to serve probation for burglary

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A man involved in the May burglary of a Camanche home will serve probation.

Jacob Bertrand, 23, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and third-degree theft on Dec. 5. District Court Judge Nancy Tabor on Thursday ordered him to serve as much as five years in prison and pay a $750 fine for the burglary charge and serve as much as two years in prison and pay a $625 fine. The prison sentences were suspended and will be served concurrently.

According to court documents, James F. Erps, reported the theft of several items, totaling $1,500, from his house at 1402 49th Ave., Camanche. Camanche police officers found open windows and pry marks on the detached garage and home.

The affidavit continues that later that day, the police were called to 1215 Seventh Ave., apartment 905, for an intruder call. The tenant, Aubrey Dodson, contacted maintenance personnel, saying she was out of town and thought her brother had entered her apartment. She asked maintenance to contact the police, according to the affidavit.

Maintenance personnel told police arriving at the scene that three males were in the apartment, laying on the living room floor, when they opened the door, according to the affidavit. Bertrand was identified as one of these men.

The affidavit continues that Bertrand told police he was involved with the burglary, as were some of the other men present. He admitted to selling some of the tools to a friend.

“I don’t know what got into me that day,” Bertrand told the court. “I disappointed a lot of people by what I have done.

Bertrand’s attorney, David Zimmerman, explained that his young client has substance abuse issues and needs help. He asked Tabor to suspend his client’s sentence and place him in the Residential Corrections Facility program for treatment, adding that a bed was available that day.

“We believe that the RCF would provide the structure that he needs at this point in his life,” Zimmerman said.

Tabor agreed that the RCF program could help Bertrand. She ordered him to complete RCF and three years of probation. He must complete all mental health and substance abuse treatment recommended. He also must pay no more than $1,000 in attorney fees, the $125 law enforcement surcharge for each count and submit his DNA.

“Hopefully now we’ve got your attention,” Tabor said.

She told Bertrand he needs to address his substance abuse problem, staying away from these substances and people who would encourage him to use them.