A man who allegedly stole a large coin collection from a Washington County home accepted a plea agreement Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Norman Torgerson, 48, pleaded guilty to amended charges of theft by unlawful taking, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and trespassing, a Class2 misdemeanor. He could face up to a year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine and be ordered to pay restitution for the theft and up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine for trespassing.
Judge John E. Samson ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing is set for June 18.
Torgerson was arrested March 25.
According to an affidavit, sheriff's deputies responded to the report of a theft May 11, in the 13200 block of County P26 south of Blair.
The victim told deputies a red footlocker was stolen from her residence. The footlocker contained a large collection of coins, including wheat pennies, liberty dimes, a 50 state quarter collection, silver dollars, 50 cent pieces and $2 bills.
A detective confirmed some of the items had been sold at a coin shop in Omaha on April 25 and 27.
On March 4, Torgerson contacted the detective. He admitted to stealing the coins in April. He said he had entered the residence to retrieve an air compressor that belonged to him, found the footlocker and the coins and took them.
Torgerson said he had his son sell the coins for him.