Nephew pleads guilty to burglary with his uncle

Published 11:41 am Thursday, September 1, 2011

An Austin teen accused of breaking into a vacant house nearly four months ago pleaded guilty to two burglary charges Wednesday in Mower County District Court.


Dyllon David Jorgenson, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree burglary, both felonies. His uncle, 33-year-old Joshua David Bollinger, has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary in the case.

One other burglary charge and one count of theft were dismissed when Jorgenson entered into a plea agreement.

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Bollinger and Jorgenson were charged in May for breaking into a vacant house and taking several items. According to a court complaint, a woman who owns a vacant house in the 4000 block of 20th Avenue NW in Lansing Township had checked on the property on May 15. When she entered the home, she heard someone in the basement.

While she was on the phone with police, she spotted someone, later identified as Jorgenson, driving by slowly. He then reportedly picked up Bollinger at an in-drive about 150 feet from the house.

Mower County Sheriff’s deputies located the men on County Road 27. Officers saw the men throwing items out of the passenger window, and later found unused syringes — determined to have been taken from the vacant house — in the ditch.

During the burglary investigation, Jorgenson gave police information about other crimes Bollinger has allegedly been committing. He told officers he and Bollinger had been to the vacant residence and stolen property previously. He also said he has been purchasing ingredients for Bollinger to make meth.

When police searched Bollinger’s parents’ house, where he lives according to a court complaint, they found speaker equipment that reportedly belongs to the owner of the vacant house. Officers also found a corner baggie that tested positive for meth, along with many meth manufacturing items, including muriatic acid, drain cleaners, coffee filters and sudafedrine packages.

Bollinger is scheduled to be sentenced on some of the charges against him Oct. 13. Jorgenson will be sentenced Oct. 20.