A routine burglary investigation has led to a felony charge against a Fremont man already facing federal prosecution on a charge of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
According to Fremont police records, the department investigated a burglary Oct. 1 at Patt's Rental and Sales, whose owner, Davis Patterson, could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the federal charge.
The property in Patterson's store had reverted to a local bank in September after Patterson was arrested and defaulted on a $215,000 loan.
During a regular check of Omaha pawn stores the next day, a Fremont police officer noticed that three jackhammers, a floor sander and a floor edger stamped with Patt's Rental had been pawned for a total of $900. The sales receipt shows Patterson as the seller of the items, and he later admitted that to the officer, according to an officer's affidavit for an arrest warrant.
According to the officer's affidavit, Patterson said he didn't think the pawned items fell under the “all assets” portion of his contract with the bank, despite the property being specifically listed in the agreement. Patterson now faces a felony charge of selling secured property, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
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