Nashua woman pleads guilty to pantry burglary

A Nashua woman arrested last fall for burglarizing the Nashua Area Food Pantry has pleaded guilty in Chickasaw Count District Court and was sentenced to probation.

Desteney Dawn Olson (Courtesy of the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office)

Desteney Dawn Olson, 42, reached an agreement with prosecution to plead guilty to third-degree burglary (Class D felony). A misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief was dismissed.

She was placed on two years of probation on a suspended prison sentence of up to 5 years and a suspended $1,025 fine plus $153.73 surcharge.

Olson was arrested Friday, Oct. 7, by the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Office after investigating burglary reports at the pantry.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 10:15 p.m. Aug. 19, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone was inside the Nashua Area Food Pantry, which was closed. Surveillance cameras had been installed after numerous break-ins.

A responding deputy didn’t find anyone there, but food had been gathered and bagged up inside the pantry to be taken. The deputy also reported that there was “significant damage done to the exterior of the building to gain entry.” After reviewing the camera footage and follow-up interviews, Olson was arrested.