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Moore sentenced to probation for sax theft

By Bob Steenson,

A Charles City man who pleaded guilty to stealing a saxophone from the YMCA has been given a five-year suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for five years.

Jason Bradley Moore, age 37, was also given a $750 fine, suspended, and ordered to pay other fees at his sentencing hearing Tuesday.

Moore sentenced to probation for sax theft
Jason Moore

Floyd County District Court Judge Peter Newell also ordered Moore to pay $104.10 to the owner of the saxophone for cleaning and repairing the instrument.

Moore had previously pleaded guilty to second degree theft, a Class D felony.

Moore was arrested on Oct. 26, 2018, in a parking lot in the 800 block of Kelly Street after Charles City police conducted what they called a sting operation.

According to police, Moore listed for sale on social media a Yamaha alto saxophone that matched the description of an instrument that had been reported stolen from the Charles City YMCA on Oct. 20.

Police contacted Moore under the guise of wanting to buy the sax and arrested him when he showed up with it in his possession. The instrument was valued at $1,155.

Moore was charged with second-degree theft as a habitual felony offender.

Court records show that he had been previously convicted of burglary in the third degree on seven separate occasions in 2002, 2007 and 2009 in Chickasaw, Fayette, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Bremer and Black Hawk counties, and burglary in the second degree in 2007 in Bremer County.

As part of the guilty plea, the county attorney’s office dropped the habitual felony offender enhancements.