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Otho man breaks into convenience store

Johnson is charged with burglary, theft

OTHO — An Otho man is in jail after authorities say he broke into the Otho Convenience Store in the early morning hours on Sunday.

According to the criminal complaint from the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Tanner Johnson, 32, broke into the Otho Convenience Store, 210 N. Highway St., by using a hammer to break a glass door to enter the store at about 3:11 a.m. on Sunday.

During the burglary, Johnson had a propane torch in his possession, according to the complaint, and he used it to light a fire on the floor of the kitchen area of the store, causing minimal damage.

Johnson also removed “multiple items” from the store, including a cash register, cash and alcohol. The total value of the stolen property was estimated at $1,185.50.

The store manager, Kandi Lowe, arrived shortly after being notified by the business’s security company and located Johnson hiding beside the building. She and her family were able to keep Johnson on the scene until law enforcement arrived and placed him under arrest.

Johnson was charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; and reckless use of fire or explosives, a serious misdemeanor.

As of Monday night, Johnson was still booked in the Webster County Jail. He is being held on a total of $13,000 cash-only bail.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson’s address was listed as 206 N. Highway St., which is the dwelling immediately next door to the Otho Convenience Store. Johnson has also been ordered to have no contact with the store or any of its employees. On a separate court filing, Johnson listed his address as 609 Royal St. in Otho.

On Monday, Lowe told The Messenger that the store is operating with its regular hours and its kitchen remains open at this time.

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