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Published November 24, 2010, 08:20 PM

Convicted Former TRF Police Officer Caught Stealing On Work Release

A former Thief River Falls police officer who was sentenced to one year in jail less than a month ago for receiving stolen property has stolen while on work release.

A former Thief River Falls police officer who was sentenced to one year in jail less than a month ago for receiving stolen property has stolen while on work release.

Prosecutors filed a new misdemeanor theft charge against Paul Kezar on November 9th. Court documents show Kezar stole four rolls of silver dollar coins from a business he was working at while on work release from jail. When Kezar tried to cash the coins at a local bank, they called police who discovered the coins had been stolen from the business.

Kezar pled guilty to the misdemeanor on Monday. He was sentenced to 90 additional days in jail.

Kezar was already serving jail time for four counts of receiving stolen property...two counts in Pennington County and two counts in Marshall County. He was sentenced to a year in jail on those charges on October 28th.

The charges stem from a 2009 investigation that showed a stolen lawnmower had been purchased from Kezar.

The criminal complaint stated that authorities believed Kezar was also involved in the theft and sale of boats, trailers, and A-T-Vs. Kezar was a police officer in Thief River Falls. He was later fired from the job.

The sentence for the 2009 charges included Kezar be on probation for 20 years. This recent misdemeanor conviction may prompt probation violation action from prosecutors in Pennington and Marshall counties. So far nothing has been filed.

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