A Billings real estate agent admitted to felony burglary Monday in District Court.
Brian D. Skinn, 59, appeared before Judge Gregory Todd and pleaded guilty to entering a residence with the purpose to commit theft. Skinn is scheduled to be sentenced May 11. A plea agreement calls for him to receive an 18-month deferred sentence and pay a $2,000 fine.
Skinn was charged with the offense last July. According to court documents, on May 20 Skinn used his position as a realtor to enter a residence on Deep Powder Drive that had been listed for sale. The homeowners had installed a video camera inside the home to ensure that no property was taken, court records state.
The homeowners reviewed the video and saw Skinn inside the home rummaging in drawers and closets. Audio from the camera captured the sound of Skinn in the kitchen emptying a pill bottle and he could be seen putting something in his pocket as he entered the living room. Skinn left his business card inside the house, the only card left on that day.
The homeowners checked their medications and found an empty pill bottle and a second, missing prescription pill bottle. The homeowners called Skinn, who admitted to taking the pills to feed his addiction to prescription medications, court records state. Skinn asked to meet with the couple and “make it right.”
The homeowners declined Skinn’s offer and instead contacted police. Skinn admitted to an officer that he took the prescription medications and gave the officer the missing pill bottle.