Man pleads guilty to three felony burglary, theft charges

A man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to three felony charges for separate burglary and theft offenses in Anoka County.

Joseph Ryan Larsen, 20, Wyoming, will be sentenced March 26 after entering guilty pleas in January to first- and second-degree burglary and theft charges.

Larsen was charged with first-degree burglary following an incident at a Ham Lake residence the early morning hours of Nov. 7, 2011. A male entered a woman’s bedroom while she was asleep and stole a gym bag and her purse, which contained several gift cards and $200 in cash.

A video surveillance system in the house caught images of the suspect smoking a cigarette and discarding it, according to the complaint.

The butt of the cigarette was collected and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis, which showed that the DNA on the cigarette butt matched the predominant DNA profile of Larsen, a convicted offender.

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

The second-degree burglary charge resulted from a post-Miranda statement that Larsen gave during an unrelated investigation, the complaint states.

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

The burglary had not been reported at the time, so when an Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy went to the home to speak to the resident, he looked around the house and found that video games and video game components worth $155 were gone.

The felony theft charge was filed in connection with incidents in Blaine and Ham Lake in the fall of 2012.

In a post-Miranda statement, Larsen admitted to stealing items, including tools, jewelry and musical instruments with a total value of $1,050, while staying at a residence in Blaine Nov. 2 and 3, 2012, then pawning them.

He also admitted stealing property from a Ham Lake residence in October and November 2012. This included sporting goods equipment, sports memorabilia and musical instruments with a total value of $690.

In July 2012, Larsen was placed on probation for 10 years after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony second-degree burglary charge, which was filed in November 2011.

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