A 35-year-old man accused of illegally entering an unoccupied Spring Lake Park home has been charged with felony second-degree burglary.
Joshua Edward Lane was arraigned Aug. 13 in Anoka County District Court and will make his next appearance Sept. 13.
According to the complaint, a Spring Lake Park Police sergeant at 2 a.m. Aug. 10 was checking an unoccupied home being renovated in the 8200 block of Tyler St. N.E. when he heard a noise coming from inside.
Another police officer and the sergeant entered the home and allegedly found Lane hiding in an upstairs bedroom closet. A backpack with hand tools, a flashlight and what appeared to be a lock pick kit were inside the closet. A piece of carpet had been cut and a glass pipe of the type used to ingest methamphetamine was under the carpet. A buck knife and large screwdriver were other tools inside the closet.
According to Det. Josh Antoine of the Spring Lake Park Police Department, the home is in foreclosure and unoccupied. County property records show that TCF Bank is the current owner. The realtor told police they had locked the door and the carpet in the upstairs closet was not cut when they were last there Aug. 9.
Lane told police that the person who used to live at the home said he could still stay at the home, according to the complaint. Lane alleged that he understood that this person had been ordered by the court to stay away from the home.
He allegedly told police that he biked to the home, went through an open door and locked it behind him and went to the closet so he would not be confronted by anyone entering the home. He said he then went to sleep.
A bicycle and tire pump with Lane’s name written in marker on it were found in the garage, according to the complaint.
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