Carl Huff, Minot, sentenced for burglary

A 51-year-old Minot man will serve about three years in prison for burglarizing a northwest Minot residence in January and for stealing a debit card and using it without permission last July.

Carl Leonard Huff II pleaded guilty to Class C felony burglary for the Jan. 9 burglary and two Class C felony charges of unauthorized use of personal identifying information and one count of Class C felony theft of property for the July 25, 2017 theft. He also pleaded guilty to a Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Huff was charged after he was found in possession of a scale with methamphetamine residue when police initiated a traffic stop on Oct. 21, 2017. Sentences for all of the charges are concurrent.

Judge Stacy Louser sentenced him to five years, with two years suspended, and three years in prison. He will be on supervised probation for three years following his release from prison.

Huff apologized for the burglary during his sentencing on Wednesday. Louser told him that the victims of his crimes likely feel violated and that there is probably no way to make them feel whole after what he did. Ward County State’s Attorney Roza Larson said she spoke with the victim of the burglary, who feels that Huff doesn’t deserve any leniency because of his lengthy criminal history.

The victim came home on Jan. 9 to discover that his home had been burglarized. He went outside to look around and saw a man carrying a large backpack walking away from the house. An abandoned house owned by the city located in the same neighborhood as the burglarized house had mail addressed to Huff in its mail box. The daughter of the burglary victim put information on Facebook seeking information about the burglary. A woman contacted her and said Huff had come to her to ask for help in unlocking a Samsung tablet that had been stolen during the burglary. Huff paid her with silver dollars and Sakakawea dollars that were also stolen during the burglary. The burglary victim later picked out Huff in a photo lineup at the police station. Huff was arrested after he showed up for an unrelated court appearance in Minot Municipal Court wearing boots that he stole during the Jan. 9 burglary. The victim of the burglary also happened to be in court that day and pointed Huff and the stolen boots out to officers.

Last July, Huff stole a debit card out of a vehicle and also apparently stole the PIN number out of the glove compartment in the car. He was spotted on video at a local convenience store making two separate withdrawals from the victim’s bank account of about $200 each. The victim of that crime identified Huff in the surveillance footage as the thief.

Louser left restitution open for 90 days to allow the victims time to tabulate their losses. Louser also ordered Huff to have no contact with the victims of the crimes.