A Cottage Grove man who allegedly worked with two juveniles to steal from cars and garages in Cottage Grove had his first appearance in court in early November.

Michael J. Hannah, 18, of Cottage Grove, is charged with multiple counts of theft and burglary for alleged break-ins in the area of 78th Street and Jorgensen Avenue.

According to the court complaint, a Cottage Grove police officer detained a 17-year-old, one of three young males she had seen breaking into motor vehicles around 1 a.m. April 23. More officers came to the scene and saw Hannah and another 17-year-old walking through a yard in the 7800 block of Jonathon Avenue.

Hannah told the officers where his car was parked, and they saw three GPS units, a black iPod and several other electronic items inside of it, according to the court complaint. Hannah admitted the items were stolen and allowed officers to search his car, the complaint says.

In interviews, Hannah and the two juveniles admitted to entering attached garages in the 9700 block of 78th Street, the 8100 block of Ideal Avenue and the 8100 block of Hyde Lane. They allegedly stole $800 worth of property from the garages, according to the court complaint. The complaint does not give the dollar value of the items stolen from cars.

Hannah is charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of theft. His next court appearance is scheduled at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 in Washington County District Court. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines for each count of burglary, 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for one count of theft and one year in prison and $3,000 in fines for the other count of theft.