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Affordables robbery suspect gets off with time served

MASON CITY – A Mason City man had been arrested in connection with a robbery that occurred at Affordables, located at 315 North Delaware Ave., walked out of court on January 27th with no court fine or further jail time after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of 5th degree theft.

Police were called to Affordables at 2:35 P.M. on January 2nd for a robbery. According to police, a male subject who was waiting in the check-out line reached into the cash register while an employee was making change for another customer. The man grabbed reportedly $155 in cash. An employee attempted to stop the man but he physically resisted and fled the store on foot.

54-year-old Gary Michael Anderson was originally charged with second-degree robbery after police apprehended him shortly after the robbery. The original charge was a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.

According to court records the Cerro Gordo County District Attorney applied to the courts to amend the charge to a simple misdemeanor count of 5th degree theft on January 12th. That same day Anderson’s $10,000 bond requirement was dropped and he was released from jail with a written promise to appear to court on February 1st.

Anderson however entered a written plea of guilty on January 25th cited in records as a negotiated / voluntary plea.

On January 27th District Associate Judge, Gregg Rosenbladt ordered Anderson to pay a $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge, $100 filing and docketing fees, and reimburse the state $60 for indigent defense. There was no fine ordered and the ten day jail sentence had already been served before Anderson’s bail requirement was dropped.

Gary Michael Anderson

SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

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