Two men were arraigned March 29 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges related to the theft of jewelry from a Blaine home.
Jakob Daniel Busch, 24, 1741 Constance Blvd. N.E., Ham Lake, and Cody John Hagman, 22, 19107 Main St. N.W., Cedar, were both charged with felony fifth-degree drug possession for allegedly shooting up with heroin.
Hagman is also facing a second-degree burglary charge, while Busch’s additional felony charge is receiving stolen property.
According to the criminal complaints, a Blaine man in the 11000 block of Chisholm Street N.E. called police March 20 to report that jewelry valued at approximately $2,000 and a large jar with about $75 in change had been stolen from his home.
The victim told Blaine police that he had been out of town since March 11 and locked his doors. He came home to find the service door to his garage unlocked. Police could find no signs of forced entry.
The investigation led authorities to Hagman. On March 26, Blaine officers located Hagman, Busch and a third unidentified man in a parked vehicle in the 12000 block of Central Avenue N.E. in Blaine.
According to the complaints, officers saw the backseat passenger loading a syringe with what appeared to be heroin from the bottom of an aluminum can. This man was Busch.
Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found a syringe in the back seat loaded with a liquid substance that tested positive for heroin. They also allegedly found a second syringe with heroin in the center console of the vehicle.
The vehicle search also uncovered a coat that contained numerous pieces of jewelry allegedly stolen from the Blaine man’s home.
In post-Miranda statements, Busch alleged the coat belonged to him, but he had received the stolen jewelry from Hagman about a week prior and was asked to hide it at his house.
Busch also allegedly admitted that he was about to shoot up with heroin before he heard the officer tell him to stop.
According to the complaints, Busch was convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance possession in Hennepin County District Court in August 2012. Hagman was previously convicted in Anoka County for fifth-degree drug possession, but a jail sentence was stayed in July 2012 in favor of one year of probation and community service.
Hagman’s next court appearance is April 25, while Busch is scheduled to appear in court April 29.
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