Woman accused of stealing gun, trading for drugs

2014-07-30T11:22:00Z Woman accused of stealing gun, trading for drugsBy ANDREW SHEELER | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

A Mandan woman is accused of stealing a high-powered handgun while performing renovation work for the alleged victim.

Cheryln Leiahi Sarte, 23, appeared before South Central District Judge Cynthia Feland Wednesday on one count of theft of property, a Class C felony.

According to a Bismarck Police Department affidavit, Sarte was among several employees of an area interior design business doing renovation work from July 15-17, 2013.

Sometime during that period, a Taurus .410/.45 caliber handgun, called “The Judge,” was stolen from the residence.

“This revolver was inadvertently left on an end table in the living room of the residence,” Bismarck Police Officer Matthew Fullerton wrote in the affidavit.

When the revolver’s absence was noticed, all employees were questioned and denied knowledge of its whereabouts.

During an unrelated Metro Area Narcotics Task Force investigation, officers spoke with a man who said Sarte had given him the revolver to trade for two eight-balls of methamphetamine.

An eight-ball is approximately 3 grams.

Sarte is charged in a separate case with methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver. The case is pending in Morton County Court.

The task force investigation later concluded that the stolen revolver later was thrown into a lake in Michigan.

At the Wednesday hearing, Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Marjorie Kohls requested a $1,500 bond and also that Sarte be placed on the drug patch, which monitors and detects controlled substance use.

Steven Balaban, the attorney appointed to defend Sarte, requested that any bond be concurrent for both of Sarte’s cases. He also said there was not sufficient basis for Sarte to be placed on the drug patch.

Feland set Sarte’s bond at $1,000 and also ordered that she be placed on the patch.

Sarte’s next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing or arraignment, which has not yet been scheduled.

Reach reporter Andrew Sheeler at 701-250-8225 or andrew.sheeler@bismarcktribune.com.

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