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PLATTSMOUTH – A Plattsmouth man who stole copper tubing and various tools from two local addresses pled guilty to criminal charges Monday morning.

Miguel O. Monarrez, 27, appeared in Cass County District Court for a plea hearing. He pled guilty to two Class IV felony counts of theft by taking-$500 or less-third offense. The state agreed to dismiss two additional charges that had been pending in Cass County Court. Prosecutors also agreed to reduce their original Class IIA felony charges of burglary.

Deputy County Attorney Steven Sunde said the first incident took place at 3:15 a.m. Feb. 25. Monarrez was riding in a car with a co-defendant on Lincoln Avenue in Plattsmouth at the time. Sunde said police learned Monarrez had previously stolen items such as tools and copper wires from a nearby residence. He was returning to the location to pick them up from a storage facility.

Police stopped the car and found evidence of theft. Police later contacted the property owner and asked him if the tools and copper wire belonged to him. The resident confirmed they were his items.

The second incident took place at 6:50 a.m. May 19. Sunde said Monarrez was walking near the intersection of Highway 75 and Young Road when he reached across a fence and grabbed copper tubing. The property owner called authorities after watching Monarrez take the items.

Monarrez remains in Cass County Jail. The court set a sentencing date of Aug. 20.

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