- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A Columbus man convicted of stealing gasoline from multiple cars last year has been given probation.

The Columbus Telegram reports (https://bit.ly/1kVER3F ) 23-year-old Jeffrey Halvorsen was recently sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution to theft victims. He has spent more than 300 days in jail.

Halvorsen pleaded guilty in September to four felony charges of criminal mischief in connection with a three-month crime binge beginning in January 2013.

Prosecutors say Halvorsen drilled holes into cars’ gasoline tanks and drained the liquid into a bucket. He then allegedly used the gasoline for his personal vehicle.

Halvorsen was arrested in March, following a fire tied to one of the vehicles.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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