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Man who robbed grocery store gets six years deferred

POLSON — A 23-year-old St. Ignatius man was given a six-year deferred sentence for his part in burglarizing Rod’s Harvest Foods in St. Ignatius and stealing $13,285 on Nov. 12, 2016.

Judge James A. Manley sentenced Joshua Louis Durglo on Dec. 27, 2017 in accord with a plea agreement.

He was also given a three-year deferred sentence for drug possession in a separate case stemming from a May 23, 2017 traffic stop. That sentence will run concurrently with the previous one. 

Durglo’s accomplice, Christina Suzette Umphrey, was given two six-year deferred sentences for accountability to theft and burglary in August. 

According to court records, a masked person – who was seen communicating on a walkie-talkie – used a key to enter the store at 5:11 a.m. and a six-digit passcode to unlock a safe. 

A store security video showed Umphrey writing down security numbers on Oct. 24, 2016, according to a court document. 

Police searched the couple’s home and found $1,600 in cash in a speaker and numerous drug paraphernalia items, and Umphrey admitted to using methamphetamine, court records state. 

A cell phone was seized and it showed a text message from Umphrey to Durglo at 1:44 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2016 that said, “I hope I got the right combo and it goes as smooth as butter,” according to a court document. 

The couple was also charged in relation to the theft of an Xbox entertainment system from a St. Ignatius home on Nov. 11, 2016. According to a court document, Umphrey had Facebook messaged Durglo about a woman being in the store on that date.

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