By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - A Commonwealth, Wis. man has entered not guilty pleas in Dickinson County Circuit Court to multiple theft-related charges that stem from a burglary spree that spanned several counties over a period of at least one year.
Johnathon Mark Plonty, 25, pleaded not guilty to one felony count of breaking and entering, three felony counts of larceny of a firearm, and one felony count of larceny in a building.
If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 29 years in prison.
Plonty will have a pre-trial in Dickinson County Circuit Court on Oct. 15.
According to the criminal complaints in the case, Plonty allegedly broke into and stole from several different storage units in Iron Mountain, Kingsford, and Quinnesec, and the House of Yesteryear museum in Breitung Township.
Plonty faces similar charges in the Wisconsin counties of Florence and Marinette.
In Florence County, Plonty faces five felony counts of burglary to a building or dwelling, one felony count of concealing stolen property, three misdemeanor counts of concealing stolen property, and one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
A pre-trial in Florence County Court is scheduled for Nov. 13.
In Marinette County, Plonty faces one felony count of burglary to a building or dwelling and one misdemeanor count of theft of movable property.
A preliminary examination in Marinette County Court is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Although Plonty allegedly admitted to stealing from houses in Forest and Vilas counties, no charges have yet been filed in those counties.
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