Second suspect in Austin pizza place burglary pleads guilty

A second suspect has now pleaded guilty in Mower County District Court for his role in the burglary of an Austin pizza place.

27-year old Garrett Dean Lukes of Austin, entered a guilty plea Monday to a charge of 3rd degree burglary. Authorities reported that Lukes and 36-year old Brendan Charles Johnson of Austin stole over $1,200 from Steve’s Pizza on May 21, 2018. Investigators stated that Johnson was a former employee of Steve’s Pizza and told Lukes how to enter the building and where to find the money.

Austin Police reported that Lukes gained entry into the pizza place through a roof access hatch and then forced his way into an upstairs office. According to court documents, Lukes stated that he agreed to split the proceeds from the burglary with Johnson.

Lukes is now scheduled to be sentenced in Mower County District Court on August 4. Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of 3rd degree burglary on September 20, 2018, and was given five years of supervised probation and 40 hours of community work service.