One of two suspects involved in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles belonging to a business in Austin has been sentenced to prison time in Mower County District Court.
22-year old Christopher Eric Oleson of Austin was convicted and sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty on August 18th to a felony charge of third-degree burglary. Authorities reported that Oleson and 22-year old Juan Manuel Ordaz Sanchez of Austin stole approximately $15,000 worth of catalytic converters from vehicles belonging to a business in the 1200 block of Oakland Avenue West in Austin on July 4th. Oleson was given credit for 135 days already served, and a felony charge of theft, taking, using or transferring movable property without consent in the case was dismissed with Oleson’s guilty plea.
Ordaz Sanchez previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of 1st degree drugs, possession of 100 grams or more of methamphetamine and receiving stolen property. Besides the catalytic converter theft, court documents in the case state that Ordaz Sanchez admitted to authorities that a jar containing 183 grams of methamphetamine found during the search of an Austin residence on May 5th belonged to him.
Ordaz Sanchez was sentenced in October to 75 months in prison, with credit for 78 days already served.