Lake Wildwood burglar takes plea agreement |

Lake Wildwood burglar takes plea agreement

A Lake Wildwood man arrested the day after local law enforcement disseminated a still image from surveillance video of a residential break-in took a plea agreement in return for a potential sentence of 360 days in jail.

Workers at the residence in the 11000 block of Lake Wildwood Drive had reported the burglary in late February after discovering damage to a window; the residence had been vacant since the death of its owner.

A check was performed of the house but family members were not sure if anything had been taken. The house did have a surveillance camera system, however, and investigators were able to determine that a burglary had occurred at about 7 p.m. on Feb. 22. After the photo of the suspect was sent to local media, the Sheriff’s Office received calls identifying him as Brett Roland Bartlett, 54.

Bartlett was charged with first-degree burglary; in Nevada County Superior Court Thursday, he pleaded no contest to second-degree burglary in return for a sentence of 180 days in jail and three years probation, with his public defender noting there was no proof that anything was stolen from the residence. He also admitted to violating probation in an earlier case in return for an additional 180 days in jail, to be served consecutively. He will return for sentencing on April 13.

In other court news, an Auburn man arrested in south Nevada County on suspicion of drug and firearm charges and driving with a suspended license took a plea agreement in court in return for 180 days in jail.

Donald Gary Van Hardenberg was arrested in December after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies stopping his black Chevy SUV for expired registration tags.

When Van Hardenberg was searched, deputies reportedly found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, ammunition and a Taser. His driver’s license also had allegedly been suspended.

He was charged with possessing hash and a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and having a suspended license.

In court Thursday, he pleaded no contest to the ammunition charge in return for 180 days in jail and a suspended 16-month sentence. He will return to court May 4.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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