St. Paul man sentenced to prison time for Austin bar robbery

A St. Paul man who took part in the robbery of a bar in Austin in July of 2018 has been sentenced to prison time in Mower County District Court.  

49-year old Jeffrey Joseph Krieger pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and was sentenced Thursday to one year and 11 months in prison. Krieger was credited for 504 days already served and must also pay just over $5,400 in restitution.

Authorities reported that Krieger robbed the Hiawatha Bar on 10th Street NE sometime between 2:20 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. on July 22, 2018.  Austin Police stated that Krieger was identified on security video as one of the men removing a safe from the bar. The safe was recovered later that same day in a ditch near Taopi. The Mower County Sheriff’s Office stated that the safe had been pried open and was empty.