Man admits looting home during wildfire

2013-01-29T14:09:00Z 2013-02-01T00:13:16Z Man admits looting home during wildfireGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A man charged with looting a Musselshell County home whose occupants had left during a wildfire has admitted to felony charges.

Eric Aafedt, 27, recently pleaded guilty in Musselshell County District Court to theft by common scheme and burglary.

A plea agreement states prosecutors will ask for concurrent sentences of five years in state custody, with all but time served suspended.

Prosecutors also will ask that Aafedt be ordered to pay restitution. A sentencing date will be set later, and Aafedt has been released from the county jail.

Aafedt admitted that he unlawfully entered a house on Canyon Creek Road on June 28. The area had been evacuated as the lightning-caused Dahl fire raged through the Bull Mountains south of Roundup.

Prosecutors said Aafedt stole jewelry, clothing, switchblade knives, hunting knives, a money clip with a silver coin, a German eagle statue, a portable DVD player and a bank credit card.

Investigators determined the jewelry had been pawned in Billings and Aafedt had used the stolen credit card. He was arrested in Billings in early July.     

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