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Evansville man sentenced for meth crime

Robert Radtke

An Evansville man, who was arrested in Osakis, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and 198 days in jail for felony possession of methamphetamine.

Robert Paul Radtke, 28, was charged with two other felonies — possessing stolen property and damaging property — but those were dismissed, along with two misdemeanor charges, as part of a plea agreement.

His prison sentence was stayed for 10 years, meaning he won't have to serve the time if he obeys the terms of his probation. He was also credited with serving 132 days in jail while his court case proceeded.

Judge Ann Carrott attached 19 conditions to Radtke's sentence. He must stay in contact with his probation agent, cooperate with searches, give DNA samples, not possess firearms, remain law abiding, undergo chemical and mental health evaluations, get permission from his probation officer before leaving the state and obey other rules.

Radtke's address was initially listed as Osakis but later updated to Evansville.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 11, 2017, Osakis police investigated a report of a burglary at Andrew Herickoff's auto repair shop, Andy's Customs LLC. A Beretta pistol with a loaded magazine and $5,000 in cash was stolen. Five days later, another burglary was reported at the business.

After seeing a shirt from one of the trucks across the road in a ditch, Police Chief Chad Gulbranson scanned the area outside the building and saw a man, later identified as Radtke, sitting at a picnic table with several items on it.

Gulbranson approached Radtke, who immediately began stuffing items into his shirt, according to the complaint. Several of the construction items that were reported stolen, such as caution tape and a safety vest belonging to Precision Roadway Services, were poking out of Radtke's shirt, the complaint said.

Radtke was placed under arrest and searched. Inside his pockets were checkbooks, gas cards and insurance papers from Precision Roadway Services. Gulbranson also found a small container with a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

After investigating further, Gulbranson talked to witnesses who said they saw Radtke with the stolen pistol.

At that time, Radtke denied taking cash or the firearm, but did admit to turning off the power at the Dollar General in Osakis, which caused the store to lose everything in the coolers, a loss in excess of $1,000, according to the complaint.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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