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Ohara pleads guilty to burglary

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POLSON — A Bigfork man has admitted to breaking into a state-owned building for the purpose of committing a theft.

Colby Glenn Ohara, 32 entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Nov. 2 to one count of felony burglary. Ohara was initially charged with three counts of burglary, but two of the charges are to be dismissed at sentencing as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, on July 14, a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a break-in with items missing at a Montana Department of Transportation facility on U.S. Highway 83 near mile marker 80.5. On July 17, a break-in with items missing was reported at the Bigfork Gun Club. Another MDOT facility on U.S. Highway 83 near mile marker 58 was broken into sometime between July 22 and July 26. On July 28, someone attempted to use a credit card stolen from one of the MDOT facilities at an area gas station. 

Lake County Undersheriff Ben Woods was able to get a license plate number of the vehicle the person who attempted to use the card was driving and traced it to Ohara. A search warrant was obtained for where Ohara was staying. A search of the residence turned up items stolen from the burglaries. When questioned, Ohara admitted to the burglaries.

Judge Molly Owen set a sentencing date of Jan. 4. Ohara remains at liberty.

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