User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


53° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Argus Leader Carrier Gets 60 Years For Burglary

November 26, 2012, 5:49 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Argus Leader Carrier Gets 60 Years For Burglary
Patrick VanWagner

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A former Argus Leader newspaper delivery man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for burglarizing homes on his route.

Patrick VanWagner, 30, was sentenced to 60 years in prison Monday for six counts of first-degree burglary. VanWagner won't be parole eligible until he is at least 75 years old.

When homeowners told the Argus Leader they wanted their newspaper delivery suspended while they were out of town, prosecutors say VanWagner would use that information to burglarize the homes and get away with coins, jewelry and family collectibles.

"He would take that information. He would case their homes by going by at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. at night and see what lights were on. Then he'd come back after midnight and get in and leisurely search their homes," Iosty said.

VanWagner was ordered to pay up to $100,000 in restitution Monday, but Iosty says a price tag can't be put on many of the items VanWagner stole.

"He stole so many people's wedding sets and their heirloom jewelry. He stole many victims' parents’ wedding rings," Iosty said.

One of VanWagner’s victims says that he stole her husband's wedding ring, a diamond bracelet and he even searched her home and found the keys to break into her safe.

Authorities say VanWagner can be connected to 20 separate burglaries.

So what did the former Argus Leader delivery man do with the valuables? Prosecutors say they found 150 pawn shop transactions in VanWagner's name.

"Most of the heirloom rings and jewelry of victims of their parents and their aunts and uncles were not recovered and will not be recovered I don't think," Iosty said.

When VanWagner was originally arrested in January, the Argus Leader said that the 30-year-old was terminated from his job delivering newspapers.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Woman Killed In Sioux Falls Home

4/16/2014 6:01 PM

Sioux Falls police are investigating a murder in the southwest part of the city.

Full Story
SF Murder Victim Stabbed, Suspect Got Pills

4/17/2014 10:12 AM

Sioux Falls Police have released the names of the suspect and victim in the city's second homicide of 2014.

Full Story
Neighbors In Fear After SF Woman Found Killed

4/16/2014 9:55 PM

A Sioux Falls woman is found dead in her home and investigators are trying to figure out why.

Full Story | Watch
FBI Investigates Suspected Serial Child Molester

4/22/2014 1:14 PM

The FBI is asking for help to identify at least 90 victims of a suspected serial child predator who worked in American schools worldwide for four deca...

Full Story
Car Against Guard Rail On I-229

4/21/2014 7:24 AM

Sioux Falls Police and the South Dakota highway patrol responded to a crash around 11:45 Sunday night. The initial call came in as a vehicle fire...

Full Story | Watch


Events

 
 
KELOLAND TV: 501 S. Phillips Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.1100 · Breaking News call: 1-800-888-5356
Web Site Design and Custom Programming By: Lawrence & Schiller© 2014 KELO-TV -- KELOLAND.COM -- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED