Woman sentenced for possession of tools used in theft

A Cambridge woman was sentenced April 12 in Anoka County District Court on a felony conviction of possession of burglary or theft tools.

Randi Ann Swanson, 31, pleaded guilty Feb. 8, but a separate felony charge of receiving stolen property was dismissed. She has already served 131 days in jail and did not receive additional time, but she will be on probation for three years.

She must do 25 hours per week of community service for one year or be employed for 25 hours or more each week for the same period. Swanson was fined $385.

According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy 2:33 a.m. April 18, 2012 responded to a suspicious vehicle report on the 17500 block of Isanti Street N.E. in Ham Lake.

Authorities found a Chevy Blazer that had been stolen from the Brunswick Zone parking lot in Blaine. A canine officer tracked the scent of the person who had last been in the vehicle and found Swanson hiding under the deck of a home not far from where the stolen vehicle was recovered.

The dog bit Swanson in the left leg while apprehending her. After receiving medical attention, Swanson was transported to the Anoka County Jail, according to a supplemental report.

Police found a Phillips screwdriver near her hiding place and two screws matching the ones taken from a Ham Lake man’s Chevy Suburban license plate holder were found in her pocket.

According to court records, Swanson was convicted in January 2012 of gross misdemeanor theft in Anoka County and misdemeanor theft March 26 in Stearns County. She also had felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated convictions in December 2011 in Isanti County.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]


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