PLAINFIELD Twp. – One of two suspects in a Plainfield Township breaking and entering incident has been sentenced.
Joshua Adam Neibert, homeless, 18, was sentenced to serve nine months in jail, less credit for 94 days served, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny from a building and a count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He was handed down his sentence during a recent hearing in Iosco County’s 23rd Circuit Court.
Dismissed were three counts of 2nd-degree home invasion and two counts of breaking-and-entering a building with intent. Also dismissed was a charge of unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle.
Neibert was also sentenced to two years of probation and was also ordered to pay $1,936 in assessments.
Dayton Kenneth Sidam, 18, of Hale – who was also allegedly involve in the incident – still faces three counts of 2nd-degree home invasion – punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or fines of $3,000 – and two counts of breaking-and-entering a building with intent, which carries a penalty of 10 years incarceration.
As noted in court records, an Iosco County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) deputy was dispatched to a property on Wild Cherry Lane, for a possible breaking-and-entering, just before 11 a.m. on April 11, 2020. Previously operated as the Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center, there are several cabins and outbuildings on the property.
When the deputy spoke with the owners, one of the alleged victims said she noticed several of the doors to the cabins were open, and there was smoke coming from a grill at one of the cottages.
The woman then heard someone cutting a tree behind the cabin and, when the man noticed he had been spotted, he allegedly fled into the woods.
Police determined that five buildings on the property had been broken into, with force being used to enter two of the structures. The buildings were rummaged through and the items that were allegedly stolen included a helmet, hunting tree straps, a machete and other miscellaneous survival type items from each cabin, such as fire starter fluid and starter bricks.
According to the ICSO, the deputy responded to the incident, along with two Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers.
As the deputy was investigating, he noticed a backpack and other personal items left behind by the alleged suspect. The deputy believed to have recognized the property as being from someone he dealt with a month prior in the same area, so he advised other units of the possible suspect.
An MSP sergeant then located the person in question, Sidam, on Spruce Street.
Sidam allegedly told authorities that he and another individual went into the cabins on Loon Lake. He also allegedly confessed information regarding a motor vehicle theft the previous day, which the MSP had been investigating.
Police say Sidam – who was out of jail on bond from a separate home invasion charge – was taken into custody without incident.
A short while later, the MSP located the other suspect, Neibert, who was also taken into custody without incident.
When interviewed at the Iosco County jail, Neibert admitted to committing a vehicle theft the previous day, along with breaking into the several cabins in Plainfield Township.