Three charged for stealing from Ham Lake vehicles

Three suspects have been accused in Anoka County District Court of breaking into and stealing items from seven vehicles in an area of Ham Lake one night in December 2012.

Joseph Jymon Devonte Smith, 19, 2556 138th Ave. NW, Andover, was arraigned in court June 20 on felony aiding and abetting third-degree burglary and theft charges.

He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court July 18.

Warrants have been issued for the arrests of co-defendants Matthew Curtis Olson, 19, 3462 138th Ave. NW, Andover, and Ali Razak Abdul Kadim Al-Arahawi, 20, 1719 126th Ave. NE, Blaine, on the same charges.

They both failed to appear in court for their arraignments June 20.

Deputies from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary report of a detached garage at a resident on the 400 block of 172nd Avenue NE in Ham Lake Dec. 18.

The previous night someone had entered the garage and stolen items worth about $950, including a five-gallon gas drum, cigarettes, two sunglasses and two iPods.

Deputies followed footprints in the snow from the garage to a vehicle appeared to have been abandoned on the 17000 block of Quincy Street NE, according to the complaint.

A witness on Quincy Street told deputies that about 5:30 a.m. that morning three individuals came to his home asking for help because their vehicle had broken down in front of his home. He had attempted to help them out by using a car starter, but was unsuccessful.

That evening when he saw a vehicle in front of the home with one of males from the abandoned vehicle, he contacted police, according to the complaint.

The witness alleged that the male appeared to be looking for the abandoned vehicle that had been towed earlier that day.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the Holiday gas station on Crosstown Boulevard in Ham Lake and allegedly identified the driver as Olson and the passengers as Smith and Al-Arahawi.

In a post-Miranda statement, Smith and Al-Arahawi told investigators they and Olson were driving on Quincy Street when their vehicle ran out of gas.

They alleged the three of them broke into numerous vehicles, a shed and a detached garage on 172nd Avenue to find gas and other items.

Al-Arahawi and Smith allegedly admitted stealing a watch out of a glove box of a vehicle, the gas can from the garage, a sub and amplifier from another vehicle and multiple other items.

In his post-Miranda statement, Olson alleged he was with Smith and Al-Arahawi when they were breaking into vehicles, but denied entered the garage or stealing anything from vehicles.

According to the complaint, deputies located the sub and amplifier in the abandoned vehicle during the inventory search.

The value of the stolen items from the seven vehicles and the garage was estimated at $1,477.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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