Resident pleads guilty to burglary

Published 6:30 am Monday, March 1, 2010

An Austin man accused of breaking into a home and stealing prescription medications in December pleaded guilty Friday and awaits sentencing.

Travis Thomas Stigney, 23, will be sentenced in June on one count of second-degree burglary, which is a felony. Two other felony counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

According to a criminal complaint, Austin police officers responded to a burglary call at about 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at a home in the 700 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast.

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A 30-year-old woman told police that when she arrived home, she found Stigney, who is an acquaintance, sitting on a living room couch. She asked him to leave.

After he did, the woman noticed some of her daughter’s medications were missing, the complaint states.

This included 15 mg of Adderall and 5 mg of dextroamphetamine.

Authorities found a window screen had been placed up against the outside of the house. There were also fresh footprints in the snow near the window, which is where the woman believes Stigney entered.

Stigney was previously convicted of felony burglary by a Mower County judge in 2005.