A 24-year-old Beatrice man was sentenced to up to 8 years in prison Thursday after failing to complete the drug court program.
Kaleb R. Mullen was previously allowed to participate in the drug court program, an alternative to incarceration for offenders who suffer with addiction. Prosecutors said he failed to follow through on the program and tested positive for drugs, prompting him to be re-sentenced in two criminal cases from 2017.
Mullen was sentenced to 6-8 years in prison for each of two counts of burglary, two years for possession of burglar’s tools, one year for theft, 6-8 years for possession of a firearm while committing a felony and 4-6 years for possession of a stolen firearm.
In the second case, Mullen was sentenced to 24 months in prison. All of the sentences will be served concurrently, amounting to a total sentence of 6-8 years.
Mullen was arrested following a burglary last October at a Beatrice storage unit.
The burglary was reported at A5 Storage, located at 409 Sargent St. in Beatrice.
A worker who had reviewed security footage said he believed Mullen was responsible for taking items from one of the storage units, which was previously reported to police.
Security footage allegedly showed Mullen unloading a chainsaw box, toolbox and other items and a storage unit belonging to him. These items were consistent with those reported stolen from another storage unit.
Footage revealed a man with a bandana covering his face, but a haircut consistent with Mullen's. A vehicle with a missing hub cap was also seen and consistent with Mullen's car.
Police were granted a warrant to search Mullen's storage unit. While en route, police conducted a traffic stop and observed several tools and bolt cutters on the front seat of the vehicle.
Mullen allegedly admitted to police he stole the tool box and denied knowledge about the chainsaw. Police conducted an inventory of the vehicle and recovered a chainsaw and other items reported stolen.
In the drug case, Mullen was arrested in July 2017 after allegedly using a stolen credit card to purchase several items at Tractor Supply Co. in Beatrice.
A store employee reported that a man, later identified as Mullen, purchased cat litter, a safe and beef jerky with a Tractor Supply Credit card.
Mullen slid the card slowly, and was attempting to cover the name on the card.
A few minutes later, he returned and purchased a Snyder drone with the same card.
The cardholder was contacted, and court documents state he told police that he hadn't received or activated the card yet.
Mullen was identified by store employees as the suspect from a photo array.
He was stopped by police in his vehicle and gave consent to search the vehicle. Officers found a used syringe that contained a liquid substance. Mullen allowed officers to obtain the items purchased from his residence, as well as the credit card.
He was initially also charged with unauthorized use of a financial transaction device valued at less than $500, though the charged was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.