Kenmare man charged in thefts

KENMARE Jonathan Hillery Davis, 33, Kenmare, made his initial appearance in court Thursday morning for three charges resulting from a string of incidents beginning with an alleged car theft on Dec. 8.

Davis is charged with two Class C felonies of burglary and theft of property and also a Class A misdemeanor of criminal mischief.

A vehicle was first reported to the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department as stolen from the Coulee area on Dec. 8, according to an affidavit filed with the court.

The deputy assigned to the case made contact with Davis and was told that Davis’ car had broken down in the area.

Instead, a car with a temporary registration made out to a Randi Davis, who shares an address with Jonathan, was found in the yard of a farm along 64th Avenue in Kenmare after the farm owner reported an abandoned vehicle there.

Upon investigation, deputies found that the property had been entered after a wire gate was broken through.

Two garages in the yard had been broken into, causing damage to the doors, and multiple tools had been removed.

The tools were found again, though, in the car “abandoned” in the yard, along with multiple rolls of wire, copper and metals. Parts, including the steering column and some internal wiring, of another vehicle were also found in the car. The parts removed from the other car caused damages estimated at more than $2,000.

Both Mountrail and Ward County deputies responded to the location of the vehicle.

“He (the farmer) took the driver out and pinned him to the ground until the deputies got there,” said Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski, in an interview, about Davis’ capture.

Davis currently has one other felony and two other misdemeanors still open in district court that are not a part of this case.