Mason City man who lost meth baggie in convenience store donut rack pleads guilty
CLEAR LAKE — The sentencing date has been set for a Mason City man who admits losing a baggie of methamphetamine in a donut rack at a Clear Lake convenience store.
A criminal complaint said 53-year-old Ronald Bakkum was at the Kum & Go at 2005 US Highway 18 East on January 3rd where he reached into a donut rack and got his sleeve caught in the door. As Bakkum went to pay for his donut, he stopped and began searching the area for a lost item, saying to the clerk he lost a coin. Bakkum went out to the parking lot and started to look around on the pavement.
The clerk saw a baggie of a clear crystal substance between two donuts where Bakkum had been reaching. When an officer arrived on the scene, he took photos of the one gram baggie and took it into evidence. The officer later watched video footage of Bakkum at the donut rack. A Mason City police officer later identified Bakkum from a still shot of the video.
Bakkum was later arrested and charged with third or subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. Bakkum originally pleaded not guilty but this week filed a written guilty plea to the charge. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 26th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.