Breckenridge ski bandit gets 90 days, 6 years of probation
September 27, 2010
BRECKENRIDGE – A man charged with stealing thousands of dollars of outdoor sports equipment from two Breckenridge ski shops was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and six years of intensive supervised probation.
Jason Oberg, 23, appearing in court in business attire and with trimmed hair, pleaded guilty on three felony charges: one count of burglary and two counts of theft.
Oberg was arrested last spring in conjunction with burglaries at Primo Outdoors and Mountain Outfitters in downtown Breckenridge. Search warrants later showed Oberg to be in possession of Mountain Outfitter property at home and in his vehicle. It was also discovered Oberg had listed some of the items for sale on Craigslist.
Original charges against Oberg included four counts of burglary and two counts of theft – each class IV felonies punishable by two to six years in prison and fines of $2,000 to $500,000. Original misdemeanor charges against him included cruelty to animals, theft, resisting arrest, obstructing a law enforcement animal and two counts of criminal mischief.
A plea agreement reduced Oberg’s charges to one count of burglary and two counts of theft.
County Court Judge Edward J. Casias presided over Oberg’s District Court hearing on Monday, sentencing him to two concurrent six-year terms of intensive supervised probation. The sentences began Monday.
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Starting Oct. 15, Oberg is also to serve 90 days of jail time with work release – with the option of serving the time in another county jail if officials accept him. The judge specified that this option is to allow Oberg to continue working in the Denver area and to continue paying restitution, the amount of which is yet to be determined. Oberg is also to serve 200 hours of public service and must pay court fees.
Reasons cited for Oberg’s sentencing included no prior criminal history, psychiatric counseling voluntarily sought immediately after arrest, having stable employment and having already paid $8,000 in restitution to the courts.
“You’re not the first person we’ve seen come in (to the county) and cut loose and do stupid things,” Casais said. He advised Oberg that with three felony convictions on record, failed probation or another conviction would land him in prison.
“It’s up to you that we never see you again,” Casais said. “You have too much to lose.”
SDN reporter Janice Kurbjun can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.