A Billings judge has issued a $100,000 warrant for a convicted jewelry thief who failed to return to the county jail as ordered after being released into the custody of his father for a dental appointment Monday morning.

The fugitive, 26-year-old Charles Conrad Jacobsen, was scheduled to appear before District Judge Russell C. Fagg to plead guilty to felony bail-jumping on Tuesday morning.

Jacobsen was then scheduled to immediately be sentenced for the bail-jumping charge and to have his probation revoked and converted to a new sentence in a 2008 theft case in which he stole and then sold or pawned thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Monday saying that Jacobsen has been listed as an escapee after he absconded during a dental appointment on the West End. He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 180 pounds.

A court order signed by Judge Fagg allowed Jacobsen to be temporarily released from the jail and taken to the dental appointment by his father, John Jacobsen.

In the 2008 theft case, prosecutors alleged the younger Jacobsen stole and then pawned or sold thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from his employer, Samuels Jewelers in Rimrock Mall, in 2007 and 2008.

An audit at the business revealed the store was missing more than $183,000 in jewelry, according to affidavit in the case. Jacobsen reportedly told investigators he stole between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of jewelry.

According court records, a judge gave him a three-year-deferred sentence in 2008 for felony theft, common scheme, after he pleaded guilty to the theft and three misdemeanor counts of unsworn falsification.

According to charging documents he has a history of failing to appear in court as ordered, which led to the bail-jumping charge, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say that Jacobsen fled in his father’s vehicle on the morning of June 24, when he was scheduled to make a court appearance on alleged probation violations. A $50,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Court records allege he has violated his probation numerous times, including by “tasting” methamphetamine within hours of leaving a meeting with his probation officer in January.

The Montana Violent Offenders Task Force arrested him at a local casino on June 25, charging documents state.

Anyone with information is advised to contact the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office at 256-2929 or local law enforcement.


City news reporter for the Billings Gazette

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