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Four face felonies from break-in at Austin home

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Four men allegedly went from drinking after a family reunion Saturday to burglarizing and damaging an Austin home.

All four suspects now are facing felony charges in Mower District Court for the alleged burglary that stemmed supposedly from a bad deal for the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The main suspects — Robert Andrew Cohenour, 41, of West Concord; and Richard William Cohenour, 51, of Brownsdale — each face single felony counts of first- and second-degree burglary as well as a misdemeanor count of theft (under $500).

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Ted Lee Cohenour, 32, of Austin; and William Lee Blake, 26, of Little Falls, Minn.; are charged with aiding and abetting for the same three counts.

On Tuesday, Judge Fred Wellmann set bail each at $50,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions for Richard Cohenour, Robert Cohenour and Blake, records show. Ted Cohenour had the option of being released with conditions.

Richard and Robert Cohenour allegedly stole the woman’s television, cable box, DVD player and home-theater system. Ted Cohenour and Blake allegedly helped carry the items.

According to the criminal complaint, police went at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to a report of men burglarizing and damaging a residence in the 400 block of 10th Street Northeast. Officers found the suspects nearby behind Bobee Jo’s bar, with Richard Cohenour allegedly loading a large TV into the back of a pickup truck.

A 32-year-old woman, the alleged victim, pointed out Richard and Robert Cohenour to police as the men who stole her television. Richard Cohenour then yelled at the woman about giving him his $120 back.

Richard Cohenour allegedly told police that he gave the woman $120 for meth, but she didn’t have any. Richard Cohenour said his group went to the woman’s house, and he dumped out her purse but couldn’t find any money so he took the items, the complaint says.

"I am sick of being (messed) with," Richard Cohenour allegedly told police. "It is not going to happen anymore."

Police found the woman’s living room in disarray, with an overturned entertainment center and other items thrown around.

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The woman told police she met the men earlier at Bobee Jo’s and then left with friends to go to her home. They were on her front porch when the four suspects arrived, and the older Cohenours became irate about something.

All four suspects return to court July 31.

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