Man charged with stealing, pawning roommate’s belongings

A man allegedly stole property from a home in Blaine where he was living and pawned the items.

Dannie William Franklin, 21, no permanent address, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Sept. 25 on felony theft and receiving stolen property charges.

Bail was set at $10,000 and Franklin is due back in court Oct. 9.

A Blaine resident reported to police that between July and November 2012, several items of property were missing from his home on 95th Lane and he suspected Franklin, who was living there during that time and had stolen from him before, according to the complaint.

Property missing included various power tools, two compound bows, jewelry and a ninja sword.

Blaine Police Det. David McLain checked the automated pawn system and found that several pieces of the resident’s property had been pawned by Franklin or one of his known associates at different pawn shops on eight occasions in September and November 2012, the complaint alleges.

In one incident Nov. 1, 2012 when Franklin went to pawn a Rigid brad nailer at We Pay More Pawn in Blaine, it was allegedly the same nailer that he pawned at the same store Sept. 17, 2012.

After the Sept. 17 transaction, law enforcement seized the brad nailer and returned it to the resident.

The employee assisting Franklin Nov. 1, 2012 allegedly immediately recognized the brad nailer and Franklin, and knew the nailer had been stolen.

The aggregate value of the stolen items that were pawned was some $1,468.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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