Three charged after stolen gun shuffles hands 28 Feb 12

Three Montgomery residents are facing felony charges after allegedly playing hot potato with a stolen gun.

Jason Timothy Birdsell has been charged with felony theft of a weapon, while January Ann Vold and Josh Dale Prestegard have each been charged with felony possession of a stolen weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, the owner of the firearm reported the handgun stolen from his Montgomery home after a party in mid-January.

Birdsell admitted to police that he had stolen the weapon, but said he gave it to Vold. Vold told police she held onto it until she could give it to Prestegard. By the time police caught up with Prestegard, he said he had already given the gun to his neighbor. The neighbor, who was unaware the gun was stolen, had brought the gun to his father’s residence.

The handgun has been located and secured as evidence. All Birdsell, Vold and Prestegard have been summoned to appear in Le Sueur District Court on March 6.