MASON CITY | A man suspected of participating in a Mason City home burglary where $80,000 in jewelry was stolen will be tried Aug. 8.

Jason I. Bendickson, 43, Mason City, is charged with felony first-degree theft and third-degree burglary in connection with the March 27 break-in at a residence in the 1800 block of 12th Street Northeast.

He also is accused of escaping from the Beje Clark Residential Facility in Mason City on Aug. 29, 2016, which lead to a felony charge of escape from custody.

Bendickson is being charged as an habitual felony offender, which could mean an enhanced penalty on all three charges if convicted.

His previous felony convictions include burglary, theft and drug violations, according to court records. 

A warrant was served on Bendickson earlier this month while he was in the Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, Minn. He is now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

Co-defendant Debra R. Ewing-Swartz, 43, Mason City, is scheduled to be tried Aug. 8 after pleading not guilty to first-degree theft.

Ewing-Swartz, who is believed to have been a passenger in a vehicle driven by Bendickson and allegedly witnessed the burglary, is accused of taking a a 2.65-karat ring valued at $30,000 from the numerous items of stolen jewelry and wearing it for several weeks, according to court documents. 

A first-degree theft warrant has also been issued for 45-year-old Jonathan E. Rieman in the case.


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