Man accused of fleeing during dental appointment to appear on $100,000 warrant

2014-07-16T10:30:00Z 2014-07-17T10:44:04Z Man accused of fleeing during dental appointment to appear on $100,000 warrantBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A convicted jewelry thief accused of fleeing during a West End dental appointment was arrested Tuesday evening and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning on a $100,000 warrant, according to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office.

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 is being held at the county jail on a possible charge of felony escape, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years prison, and other alleged offenses.

He had been 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.

After he reportedly fled, a $100,000 bench warrant was issued 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.

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.

Jacobsen 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, according to charging documents.

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 Offender Task Force arrested him at a local casino on June 25, charging documents state.

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