Inmate accused of fleeing dental appointment charged with escape, bond set at $150,000

2014-07-17T10:42:00Z 2014-07-18T10:33:11Z Inmate accused of fleeing dental appointment charged with escape, bond set at $150,000By EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A convicted jewelry thief charged with bail jumping and accused of fleeing during a West End dental appointment Monday is facing a felony escape charge — and has bond set at $150,000.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Charles Conrad Jacobsen at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark Motel, 1701 First Ave. N., Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said Wednesday.

Jacobsen pleaded not guilty to the felony escape charge Thursday in District Court, where Judge Michael Moses set bond at a total of $150,000 for all three cases against Jacobsen.

The judge scheduled Jacobsen’s next court appearance for July 29.

Jacobsen had been scheduled to appear Tuesday morning before District Judge Russell C. Fagg to plead guilty to felony bail jumping.

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.

After Jacobsen reportedly fled, Fagg issued a $100,000 bench warrant for his arrest.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Monday saying that Jacobsen was listed as an escapee after he absconded during a dental appointment on the West End.

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

Moses ordered the younger Jacobsen not to have any contact with his father.

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 during 2007 and 2008.

Prosecutors say 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.

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.

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