Man faces three felony charges for burglaries

A man faces three separate felony charges in Anoka County District Court for alleged burglaries and thefts committed in Anoka County.

Joseph Ryan Larsen, 20, 21573 Humber St. NE, Wyoming, was arraigned in court July 11 on first- and second-degree burglary as well as theft charges.

The first-degree burglary charge stems from an incident in Ham Lake the early morning hours of Nov. 7, 2011 where a male entered a woman’s bedroom while she was asleep at her home on 159th Avenue NE and stole her purse, which contained several gift cards and $200 cash, and a gym bag.

The surveillance system in the house captured a video of the suspect, among other things, smoking a cigarette and discarding it, according to the complaint.

The butt of the cigarette allegedly smoked by the suspect was collected and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. The report received Dec. 4, 2012 allegedly showing that the DNA on the cigarette butt matched the predominant DNA profile of Larsen, a convicted offender.

In a post-Miranda statement, Larsen allegedly admitted to the burglary of the house, saying he was looking for things to steal to support his drug addiction.

And a known sample of Larsen’s DNA was allegedly confirmed by the BCA as matching the predominant DNA profile taken from the cigarette butt.

The second-degree burglary charge resulted from a post-Miranda statement Larsen gave in an unrelated investigation, according to the complaint.

Larsen allegedly admitted he entered a home on Humber Street in Linwood Township Nov. 8, 2012, and stole several video games and video game components while the resident was not home.

The burglary had not been reported at the time so when a deputy from the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office went to the home to speak to the resident, he looked around the house and discovered video games and video game components worth $155 to be missing.

Larsen has also been charged with felony theft in connection with incidents in Blaine and Ham Lake.

He allegedly stole property, including tools, jewelry and musical instrument with a total value of $1,050, and pawned them while he was staying at a residence in Blaine Nov. 2 and 3, 2012.

Larsen has also been accused of stealing property from a residence in Ham Lake from October through November 2012.

Property included sporting goods equipment, sports memorabilia and music instruments with a total value of $690.

In a post-Miranda statement, Larsen allegedly admitted to the thefts and said he was trying to support his heroin addiction.

According to court records, Larsen entered a guilty plea in Anoka County District Court July 25, 2012 to a felony second-degree burglary charge on which he was arraigned Nov. 14, 2011.

The court placed Larsen on probation for 10 years and jailed him for 90 days with credit for five days served.

Probation conditions included remaining law abiding, no alcohol or controlled substance use, supply a DNA sample and no possession of alcohol or drugs.

He was back in court Nov. 20, 2012 on a probation violation where he was ordered to serve another 90 days in jail with the original probation conditions.

Peter Bodley is at
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