Man sentenced for pocketing more than $1,000 dropped in store

A 28-year-old Minot man was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation last week for stealing more than $1,000 in cash that had been dropped on the floor at Acme Tool Crib in Minot on Nov. 11, 2016.

Nicholas James Skelly pleaded guilty to Class C felony theft of property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake.

According to court records, Judge Gary Lee sentenced him to a year in jail, with all suspended but the one day he already served, and the 18 months probation. If he successfully completes probation, the charge will be reduced to a Class A misdemeanor. Skelly was also ordered to pay $1,503 in restitution and $525 in court costs.

The alleged victim came into the store to rent a trailer. He had planned to pay cash but then decided to pay with a credit card. He thought he had put the money back in his pocket, but it fell on the floor and Skelly then picked it up and pocketed it.

– Andrea Johnson