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February 25, 2013
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Minden man faces prison in Wildrose burglaries

A former Minden man, who admitted to burglarizing an estimated $40,000 in property from two Wildrose Drive homes, faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for today.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Justin Turek, 30, be sentenced to 38-96 months in prison.

At his last hearing on Jan. 8, Turek confirmed that he entered the Wildrose homes with the intent to steal.

Turek has been in custody since he was arrested in September in connection with the burglaries.

Investigators received a Secret Witness tip on Aug. 28 from someone who allegedly overheard Turek bragging about the thefts. During their investigation, detectives spoke to Ryan Hiltz, who told them Turek asked if he could store firearms at his home.

Hiltz, who had a prior felony conviction, was not allowed to have firearms and was admitted to possession of stolen property and sentenced 18-48 months in prison in December.

Hiltz told detectives he found out that the firearms were stolen before his arrest in a story appearing in The Record-Courier.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 25, 2013 01:18PM Published Feb 25, 2013 10:49AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.