Bismarck man accused of burglarizing bars

2013-07-11T14:54:00Z Bismarck man accused of burglarizing barsBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bismarck man is accused of burglarizing three Burleigh County bars in June.

Derald Ross Horn Jr. was charged Wednesday with three counts of Class C felony burglary.

South Central District Judge David Reich set bond for Horn at $10,000 cash.

Horn is accused of burglarizing Flashes Bar in Sterling and Moffit Bar in Moffit on June 9 and of burglarizing Uncle Jesse's in Driscoll on June 29. Court documents indicate he is a suspect in an Emmons County burglary but has been charged only with the three Burleigh County cases.

According to affidavits from Burleigh County sheriff's deputies Troy Fleck and Mike Stoltz, Moffit Bar was burglarized at approximately 1:30 a.m. and Flashes Bar was burglarized at approximately 2 a.m. on June 9. The burglar had stolen money from pull tab machines at both bars and a dart machine at the Moffit Bar. Investigators found matching footprints at both bars.

Someone burglarized Unce Jesse's in Driscoll on June 23 — the same day someone burglarized a bar in Braddock, in Emmons County. Investigators found footprints matching those from the Moffit Bar and Flashes Bar cases at Uncle Jesse's. The burglar had used a bolt cutter to cut locks off two pull tab machines and stole money from inside them.

Someone reported a car was outside the bar that was burglarized in Braddock at a time when vehicles are't usually there, the affidavits said. On July 5, an Emmons County sheriff's deputy spotted a mid-1980s Mercury Grand Marquis with a busted tail light, matching the description of the vehicle spotted outside the bar. The car was leaving Emmons County at a high rate of speed. A Burleigh County sheriff's deputy pulled the car over south of Wing for the broken tail light.

Horn, the driver of the car, was described by deputies as "nervous" and as having no legitimate reason to be in the area. The affidavits said he allowed deputies to search the car, where they found two bolt cutters, a bandanna, gloves, a hacksaw, a blade, a drill, screw drivers, a pry bar, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a pair of Guess jeans.

Deputies searched the car again the next day and found a pair of shoes that had the same size and tread as the footprints left at the three Burleigh County bars.

The items found in the search were consistent with evidence at the bars as well as video from the bar in Braddock.

Reach Jenny Michael at 701-250-8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune.com.

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