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Tribal Member Sentenced For Smoke Shop Burglary

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE - Joseph Reno Stensgar, 36, of Plummer, Idaho, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for theft from the Stubby Lake Smoke Shop. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Stensgar to serve three years of supervised release and pay $20,348.44 in restitution to the store and the victim. Stensgar was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on May 20, 2014.

According to the plea agreement, Stensgar admitted that on January 3, 2014, he entered the Stubby Lake Smoke Shop in order to steal cartons of cigarettes. During the course of the burglary, Stensgar and another person took cigarettes, cash, and a laptop computer from the store, and car keys and 2012 Subaru Forrester from the store clerk. The crime happened on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation.

During the term of supervised release, Stensgar will have to submit to searches of his person, home and automobile, and he will have to refrain from using alcohol.

The case was investigated by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Updated December 15, 2014