Two charged for possessing stolen property, burglary tools

Police officers recovered multiple pieces of stolen property and arrested two suspects in Blaine April 14.

Trenton James Oney, 25, 643 108th Lane N.W., Coon Rapids, and Russell William Johnson, 35, address unknown, were arraigned in Anoka County District Court April 16 on felony charges of possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

Johnson was also arraigned on a second receiving stolen property charge because of a prior conviction.

A 28-year-old Fridley man was also arrested, but he has been released.

According to the criminal complaint, a Centennial Lakes Police officer was in the area Saturday evening as part of the statewide Safe and Sober campaign to get drunk drivers off the road. Anoka County police departments assign officers for saturation efforts, which rotates throughout the county.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., the Centennial Lakes officer was traveling north on Highway 65 near Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake when he noticed a vehicle in the southbound lanes abruptly change lanes and accelerate away from other vehicles, according to the complaint.

The officer made a U-turn, followed the vehicle and observed a lane change being made with no signal and an air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror. Minnesota does not allow objects to be hanging from rear-view mirrors. The officer stopped the vehicle on 117th Avenue, just off Highway 65.

Johnson was allegedly driving a vehicle that did not belong to him with a license that was suspended or revoked.

The complaint alleges that the officer also allegedly saw numerous pieces of property in the car and before he came up to the vehicle, he saw the driver reaching down near the floor and the rear driver’s side passenger reaching to his right and toward his waistline.

The passenger in the back of the vehicle on the driver’s side was Oney, who said he was putting his laptop computer away, according to the complaint.

The officer asked Oney to get out of the vehicle and at this point, he allegedly saw several large screwdrivers and two pairs of black gloves on the floor near his feet.

Officers conducted an inventory search on the vehicle before it was towed and allegedly found several screwdrivers, gloves and flashlights in the passenger compartment as well as passports, credit cards and checks belonging to two Sherburne County residents who had reported a home burglary to local authorities April 4.

In addition, officers allegedly found a computer bag containing two laptop computers and business cards bearing the name of a person other than Johnson and Oney.

The Dell laptop in the bag had a label indicating it was U.S. government property and when officers made contact with the man whose name was on the business cards, he confirmed that he owns the computers, they were stolen and were valued at $1,900, according to the complaint.

While Oney was being searched at the Anoka County Jail, authorities allegedly found two credit cards in his wallet belonging to one of the Sherburne County burglary victims.

Johnson was convicted of felony theft in November 2011 in Anoka County District Court.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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