2016-10-20 / Courts

Felony charge added in G-A case involving trees cut after storm

KENNETT KENNETT A 33-year-old Rapid City man who allegedly trespassed and cut down several trees on properties in the wake of the August 2015 windstorm that hit Leelanau County has been arraigned on a felony charge of receiving and concealing stolen property.

Robert M. Kennett, who owns All American Tree Service in Rapid City, had pleaded not guilty in August to two charges of receiving stolen property greater than $1,000 and less than $20,000 after being picked up on a warrant for failing to appear for arraignment.

He was charged for the additional felony on Oct. 11 in 86th District Court.

Kennett is currently free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

The original charges were in connection with the alleged trespass of Kennett’s employees onto property owned by Matthew Schaub and Paul Kraitz, where they allegedly removed timber, according to a court report. The timber was valued at $2,080 and $3,860, respectively, according to the report.

When contacted, Kennett told Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office investigators that he had a logging operation on an adjacent property, according to court documents. He told deputies that he was aware that his employees had trespassed and had taken the trees, the report said.

The latest charges were in connection with timber taken from property owned by Jim Rose, who has three parcels adjacent to property where Kennett’s company had been hired to clear trees.

Timber taken from Rose’s properties on Dunn’s Farm Road is valued at $3,500, the report said.

Felony receiving and concealing stolen property is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 or three times the value of the property, whichever is greater.

A preliminary examination on the charges has been set for Kennett for 9 a.m. Oct. 25.

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