Alleged burglar threatens resident with gun

A 40-year-old East Bethel man is charged with breaking into an estranged girlfriend’s home.

William Joseph Thoreson faces one felony count of first-degree burglary and one felony count of violating a no contact order.

On Oct. 22 Blaine police responded to a 911 call from a residence on Seventh Street Northeast in Blaine, according to the criminal complaint.

There the victim told police Thoreson had broken in and surprised her in the bedroom, the charges say.

Thoreson allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the victim and himself before fleeing the premises.

Officers observed the door to the residence had been recently damaged.

When Thoreson was arrested, he was carrying a gun, loaded magazine and a box of .380 ammunition, according to the complaint.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Burglar charged after caught on home surveillance camera

A 22-year-old Fridley man is charged with an Anoka burglary.

Dalton James Hendrix faces one felony count of second-degree burglary and one felony count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

On Oct. 25 the Anoka police responded to a burglary report from a residence on Ninth Avenue in Anoka, according to the criminal complaint.

The homeowner told police he had found the front door left open and his bedroom door kicked in, according to the complaint.

He told officers two Galaxy cellphones and a lever action rifle were stolen.

Surveillance footage from the home security system allegedly showed a man, later identified as Hendrix, entering and exiting the home.

Hendrix was reportedly found walking near Ninth Avenue and East Main Street.

Upon arrest Hendrix allegedly had a pipe and 1.8 grams of what field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Man charged with stealing from multiple cars

A 27-year-old Coon Rapids man is charged with stealing from multiple cars in Fridley.

John Robert Johnson faces one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and one felony count of theft valued between $1,000 and $5,000.

On Sept. 14 Fridley police responded to a report of thefts from vehicles at Ron’s Auto in the 7600 block of Main Street Northeast, according to the criminal complaint.

The owner told police multiple cars being serviced had been tampered with and some were damaged.

Video surveillance footage allegedly showed Johnson entering approximately 10 vehicles and stealing a set of speakers and an amp valued at $2,000 before stealing a vehicle.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Alleged truck thief fled across disc golf course

A 30-year-old Oak Grove man is charged with stealing a car from Anoka.

Matthew Timothy Raun faces one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle, one felony count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one felony count of fleeing a peace officer.

On May 30 an Anoka County sheriff’s deputy ran a license plate that came back as stolen out of Anoka, according to the criminal complaint.

The deputy reportedly pursued the vehicle until it parked at the VisionQuest disc golf course at 855 Sims Rd. NW in Oak Grove.

As the deputy approached the vehicle the driver, later identified as Raun, reportedly stuck his head out of the window. After the deputy gave him verbal commands to show his hands Raun allegedly drove forward, crashing into another vehicle before reversing and fleeing through the disc golf course where the deputy lost sight of him.

Officers later found the truck abandoned at Lake George Park, the charges say. Allegedly there were two backpacks inside containing Raun’s credit cards and a substance that tested positive as .5 grams of methamphetamine.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Hemp stolen from pilot growing program

A 62-year-old Columbus man is charged with stealing hemp from a Ham Lake pilot program.

Robert Thomas Blaeser faces one felony count of receiving stolen property valued between $1,000 and $5,000.

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant in the 6400 block of 165th Avenue Northeast in Columbus to find the hemp, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers allegedly found green leafy plants hanging from a clothesline. Blaeser, found in the home, allegedly admitted to taking the plants thinking they were marijuana.

The hemp weighed 55 pounds in total and was estimated to be worth at least $5,500.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Charges filed against man possessing stolen trailer

A 36-year-old Elk River man is charged with having a stolen trailer after being found in Oak Grove.

Christopher Alan Siemers faces one felony count of receiving stolen property valued between $1,000 and $5,000.

On Oct. 27 an Anoka County sheriff’s deputy found Siemers parked near the intersection of 192nd Avenue and Edelweiss Street in Oak Grove appearing to have car trouble, according to the criminal complaint.

While helping with the tail lights of the trailer the deputy ran the identification number that revealed the trailer was reported stolen out of Isanti County.

Siemers allegedly told the officer he had bought the trailer a few months ago. The trailer was valued at $3,000.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Window smashed, camera stolen in Ham Lake

A 35-year-old Lino Lakes man is charged with stealing a camera from a Ham Lake man.

James Allen Hage faces one felony count of theft valued between $1,000 and $5,000.

On Aug. 4, 2018, a vehicle was reported broken into and a Nikon camera stolen from a residence in the 800 block of McKay Drive Northeast in Ham Lake, according to the criminal complaint.

On Oct. 18, 2018, the camera was located at Pawn America in Coon Rapids after allegedly being pawned by Hage’s spouse, who wasn’t aware it was stolen.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Ramsey man convicted of DWI

A 46-year-old Ramsey man pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Christopher Paul Harris was convicted on one felony count of first-degree DWI with one felony count of first-degree DWI and one misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation.

Harris was sentence Oct. 31 to four years in the St. Cloud prison stayed for seven years, 180 days in the Anoka County Jail with five days credit for time served and three addition staggered sentences of 60 days each in the jail and was placed on seven years of supervised probation. If he successfully completes probation he won’t serve the prison time.

On Jan. 18 Harris was stopped in Ramsey by police after driving erratically, according to the criminal complaint.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Domestic assault conviction for former Anoka man

A 31-year-old Minneapolis man was convicted of domestic assault in Anoka.

Justin Darnell Moore pleaded guilty to domestic assault causing fear of bodily harm or death with two or more prior convictions.

Moore was sentenced Nov. 4 to two years and eight months in prison stayed for five years, three months in the Anoka County Jail credit for time served and five years of supervised probation. If he successfully completes the probation, he won’t serve the prison time.

On Feb. 1 Moore threatened a woman and broke items in the home during an argument, according to the criminal complaint.

~ Connor Cummiskey

Conviction of East Bethel business burglary

A 33-year-old Anoka man pleaded guilty to breaking into a former employer’s business.

Jed Robert Plachecki was convicted on one felony count of second-degree burglary.

Plachecki was sentenced to a year and a day in the St. Cloud prison stayed for five years, 90 days in the Anoka County Jail with seven days credit for time served, five years of supervised probation and must pay $3,154 in restitution. If he successfully completes probation, he won’t serve the prison time.

On Dec. 19, 2017, Plachecki broke into Arrow Fence and Sign in the 1800 block of Highway 65 Northeast in East Bethel and stole thousands of dollars in cash, a welder and more, according to the criminal complaint.

~ Connor Cummiskey

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