A Wyoming man was charged last month after allegedly stealing several vending machines from a home in Grant Township last fall.

According to court records, the owner of a rental home in the 10600 block of 69th Street North visited the property on Oct. 1, 2018, and discovered that the home and a pole barn and truck on the property had been broken into sometime in the previous three days. The owner of the property used it for, among other things, storage for his vending machine business, and the burglar had made off with several vending machines, a stair climber for transporting the machines, tools, a safe, an arcade game, and other items. All told, court records stated, the stolen items were valued at almost $15,000.

As deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office searched the property for clues, they found a new-looking cigarette butt and Mountain Dew can. A DNA test on the can reportedly matched that of Mitchel James Omodt, 23, of Wyoming.

When interviewed by law enforcement this spring, Omodt reportedly claimed he had been nowhere near the residential property recently. He was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary.

Second thoughts

A Blaine man who allegedly stole a set of golf clubs from a car parked at Tanner’s Brook Golf Course in Forest Lake this spring later had second thoughts, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from avoiding a felony theft charge.

According to court records, Prince Theodore Tyler III made his initial appearance in Washington County court July 18. On May 14, Tanner’s Brook employees reported that a man had taken a set of women’s golf clubs worth about $2,400 from a vehicle at the course and driven away with them in his own car. An officer reviewed security footage and reportedly recognized the man as Tyler.

On May 18, records state, the officer spoke to Tyler, who said he was at the golf course but did not take the clubs. However, Tanner’s Brook employees reported that Tyler returned to the club that same evening and brought the clubs with him, giving them to an employee and also leaving $40 in the club bag for the trouble he’d caused. Tyler later reportedly admitted to police that he’d taken the equipment.

Robbery

On Aug. 7, Dionte Martice Smith, 25, of Chicago, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison (with 59 days already served) for a robbery committed in Forest Lake earlier this summer.

According to court records, Smith entered the Forest Lake T-Mobile store on June 9 and asked to see an iPhone valued at approximately $1,100. Once an employee handed over a phone, Smith allegedly tried, and failed, to spray the employee with mace and ran out of the building. Two days later, police spotted Smith’s vehicle at a local hotel and made an arrest.

The following are other recent local court cases in Washington County court:

• Anthony Justin Hanna, 34, of Wyoming, was sentenced March 25 for a fifth-degree drug crime.

• Colen Joseph Cardinal, 40, of White Bear Lake, was sentenced April 12 for violating a no-contact order related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Sean Alan Blumer, 43, of Brooklyn Park, was sentenced May 9 for theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Steven Robert Tekautz, 25, of Mounds View, was sentenced June 11 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Roberto Nicholas Sablon, 24, of Spring Lake Park, was sentenced June 17 for theft from person related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Colin Anthony Cromer, 25, of Forest Lake, was sentenced June 27 for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

• Ken John Thiel, 45, of Shoreview, was sentenced July 8 for motor vehicle theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Joshua Kenneth Banta, 25, of Wyoming, was sentenced July 15 for a fifth-degree drug crime.

• Gordon Lee Davis, 40, of Grasston, made an initial appearance July 16 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Michael Craig Haseltine, 30, of Forest Lake, made an initial appearance July 18 for financial transaction fraud.

• Morgan John Hoglund, 21, of Hugo, was sentenced July 22 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Shayde Kristopher Schwabe, 22, of Forest Lake, made an initial appearance July 25 for a fifth-degree drug charge.

• Zanetta Marie McDaniel, 30, of St. Paul, made an initial appearance July 25 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Candis Ellie Ohs, 24, of Woodbury, made an initial appearance July 26 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Terry Lee Sheffler Jr., 38, of St. Paul, made an initial appearance Aug. 2 for aiding and abetting theft and aiding and abetting receiving stolen property related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Meghan Marie May, 30, of St. Paul, made an initial appearance Aug, 2 for aiding and abetting theft and aiding and abetting receiving stolen property related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

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