Jefferson man faces multiple game and burglary violations

Jefferson – A Jefferson man is facing several charges relating
to game violations and burglary.

Derek Eugene Ott, 27, of Jefferson, was charged by DNR
conservation officers on December 4, 2008 for no hunting license,
no habitat fee, no fur harvesters license, unlawful possession of
raccoon (three counts), unlawful possession of buck whitetail deer
(four counts), fifth degree theft, possession of stolen property
and trespassing.

A judgment against him was filed in Greene County District Court
on Feb. 12 for no hunting license, no habitat fee, no fur
harvesters license, unlawful possession of raccoon (three counts),
unlawful possession of buck whitetail deer (one count) and fifth
degree theft. He also received a magistrate ordered five year
suspension of his hunting and trapping privileges and liquidated
damages assessed against him in the amount of $5,600.

Ott is also awaiting trial on three counts of Burglary 3rd
Degree (Class D Felony) and Ongoing Criminal Conduct (Class B
Felony) by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office as a result of the
property seized by DNR conservation officers during a consent
search of his residence and later search warrant served by the
Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation of Ott by DNR Conservation Officers Dan Pauley
and Nathan Haupert began in early December after receiving a
complaint of someone stealing traps from road ditches around the
Jefferson area. The investigation led to the recovery of many
stolen traps from as long ago as 10 years. Traps from at least six
different owners were identified. Many other traps were not able to
be tied back to their original owners. The investigation also led
to the discovery of the four illegal deer and three illegal
raccoons.

During the investigation, Haupert and Pauley located items that
were believed to be stolen during burglaries around the Jefferson
area. Those items were seized and turned over to the Greene County
Sheriff’s Office. Those items were positively identified as being
stolen during the burglaries.

Haupert then assisted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office by
providing information that led to the issuance of a search warrant.
Haupert assisted with the execution of the search warrant and more
stolen property was recovered and believed to be from at least
three other burglaries from around the Jefferson area.

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