Teens charged in Valley burglary

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2004

An 18-year-old burglary suspect released from jail Tuesday is free to practice with the Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team, the magistrate said at his initial court appearance.

Erik Olmsted was arrested with two other Juneau students during spring break Monday, shortly after a Killewich Drive resident reported a possible burglary at a neighbor's home.

Olmsted and Levi Belcourt, also 18, were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center until their appearance before Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. Tuesday afternoon. Police reported that a 17-year-old boy arrested with them was lodged at the Johnson Youth Center.

Each faces a felony charge of first-degree burglary and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree theft. According to court records the three are accused of stealing four OxyContin pills from an unoccupied residence.

According to documents filed with the court, the investigation pointed to the prescription pain reliever being stolen for the youngest suspect. The 17-year-old, suspected of having additional OxyContin in his possession, also was charged with felony fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Police Sgt. Kevin Siska, said the neighbor reported three youths leaving the apparent burglary scene in a 2001 Honda Accord at 11:59 a.m. Monday.

"They gave us a good description of the vehicle," Siska said. He reported that within 15 minutes they located the apparent vehicle and the suspects at a residence on Chelsea Court.

Olmsted and Belcourt appeared before Sivertsen in jail uniforms Tuesday afternoon. Without requiring the defendants to post bond, Sivertsen released them to the supervision of their parents when not in school.

Sivertsen allowed for the possibility of soccer practice for Olmsted after noting defense attorney Thomas Nave and Assistant District Attorney Jack Schmidt had agreed to the release condition.

JDHS boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart said Olmsted was on the junior varsity team last year, and this year's teams are not yet settled. "He's part of the program," Lehnhart said.

He added that he isn't sure what effect Monday's arrest will have on Olmsted's status with the team this spring. "There's some things we need to talk about."

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