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Man and woman who stole sax from student at bus stop and tried to sell it plead guilty to reduced charge


This news story was published on June 30, 2017.
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MASON CITY – A man and a woman who committed a crime of opportunity when they grabbed an expensive musical instrument from a student who wasn’t looking and then tried to sell it to a music store earlier this year pled guilty to reduced charges after first facing felonies.

The incident took place back in February at a bus stop near 1st Street and Pierce Avenue in Mason City. A student set a saxophone valued at nearly $1,500 down on the sidewalk near bus stop. Police told NIT that “it was a windy, cold day so the kids stood around the corner, behind a building to get out of wind. That apparently is when someone came by and snatched the sax from sidewalk.”

After the theft, the stolen sax was presented for sale at a local music store by 69-year-old Keith Riser and 29-year-old Donyale Jones. Employees at “the music store looked at the sax, realized it was stolen, and called police,” a police spokesman told NIT.

After an investigation, Jones and Riser were arrested on charges of felony second-degree theft and taken to jail.

Weeks later, Riser was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree theft. He was sentenced to 62 days in jail and ordered to pay $499.50 in court fees and surcharges.

Jones also was allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree theft. She was sentenced to a suspended 2-year prison sentence, one year of probation, and was ordered to pay $448.50 in court fees and surcharges.

Riser, Keith Eugene

Jones, Donyale Maria

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5 Responses to Man and woman who stole sax from student at bus stop and tried to sell it plead guilty to reduced charge

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    freddy Reply Report comment

    July 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I know Riser. He’s always been stuck in trying to fulfill this image of a bad boy. A small time hoodlum. It’s his claim to fame. Basically a harmless idiot.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    That will sure teach them a lesson they won’t forget. They will never pay the fines and will be back on the street stealing from children.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Oh look, another light sentence for Mr. Riser. How many times do you have to steal, burglarized, shoplift, Rob, or fraud someone before they give you a real reason to stop?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 1, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I’m so tired of these plea deals. Make them plead guilty to the crimes they committed. Let them out early for good behavior, but don’t let their records be sugarcoated.

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    Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    June 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Stealing from a child and they were allowed to plead to a lesser charge? That is just not right! I doubt either one of them will pay their fines either.