Second suspect convicted in firearm burglary

Published 4:00pm Saturday, July 21, 2012

The second adult in an April firearms theft that involved teens was sentenced Friday in Mower County Court.

Shane Douglas Postema, 22, of Austin, was convicted of second-degree burglary and theft, both felonies. A felony charge for first-degree burglary of a dangerous weapons was dismissed. Postema was sentenced to 20 years’ supervised probation.

Police interviewed teens allegedly involved in the case, who both admittedly broke in through a window at the 900 block of Fifth Avenue NW in early April and discovered that Jason Pomsyda, 18, and Postema, 22, were already inside and trying to break into a gun safe. The court complaint adds that the teens left with a smaller safe.

The men and teens allegedly collaborated in the burglary as they knew the owner of the home had a safe full of guns and knives and was on vacation.

One Austin man discovered info about the burglary, found some of the weapons and turned them into authorities. Authorities later found several other weapons when those involved admitted to stashing them in the woods.

Pomsyda, of Austin, was convicted of second-degree burglary last week and sentenced to five years’ supervised probation. He must also pay $1,000 in restitution. Pomsyda was also recently convicted of fifth-degree assault and sentenced to one year of probation and fined $300. 4P. 3