Mitchell man facing second burglary charge

James Bernhardt booking photo

A 57 year old Mitchell man already charged with one burglary had a first appearance on a second felony burglary charge Friday morning. James Bernhardt is accused in the complaint of breaking into Shaver Seed Farms December 1st just off of West 4nd Street on the north edge of Scottsbluff.

Bernhardt is already charged with the October 9th burglary of Robinson's Meat Processing in Mitchell. Bernhardt was arrested after DNA evidence left at the scene matched a sample from the Nebraska State DNA Index System. The system contains DNA profiles of convicted felons who have provided DNA samples.

Court documents say 43 pounds of processed meat were taken in the burglary along with a cash box from the office containing an estimated $20.

Bernhardt was already being held on $100,000 bond with a 10% cash provision. Bond in the new case was also set at $100,000 with a 10% cash provision.

He will have a preliminary hearing on April 2nd at 8 a.m.

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