UnionHerald crime briefs for May 2, 2014

Guilty plea to felony charge in business burglary case

A man entered a guilty plea to and was sentenced in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge in connection with the burglary of a Ramsey business.

In a plea agreement at a March court hearing, Mohamed Sade Afyare, 25, Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to a receiving stolen property count after originally being charged with third-degree burglary.

The court placed Afyare on probation for two years, gave him credit for six days spent in jail, but ordered him to perform 20 hours of community service work and make restitution totaling $819.59 in two years.

Probation conditions include random urinalysis and breath testing at his own expense, supply a DNA sample, no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol, and no use or possession of firearms.

The early morning hours of July 3, 2013, Ramsey Police officers responded to a burglary report at the Ramsey Smoke Shop, 14050 St. Francis Blvd., where a witness had seen a black male smash the front door of the store, enter and then leave with two other black males in a Toyota Camry, for which he supplied the license plate number.

Responding officers noticed several cigarette cartons on the floor of the business and when the owner responded, he reported that numerous cartons were missing.

An Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the Camry with three black males inside heading westbound on Highway 10 and stopped the car when it turned into the Holiday gas station. The driver bailed leaving two other occupants, one of whom was identified as Afyare.

Inside the vehicle, officers found two large garbage bags full of cigarette cartons, as well as several pieces of glass on the floor where Afyare was sitting, according to the complaint.

~ Peter Bodley


Coon Rapids man charged with felony DWI

A Coon Rapids man with a history of drunk driving has been accused of doing it again.

Justin Allen Smith, 31, was arraigned April 15 in Anoka County District Court on a felony driving while impaired charge.

According to the criminal complaint, Smith had a 0.11 blood alcohol concentration during a preliminary breath test after he was found driving to a unlit location on the Blaine High School campus around 2 a.m. April 12.

Authorities discovered that Smith’s privileges to drive had been revoked after alcohol related offenses in July 2004, August 2005 and October 2006.

~ Eric Hagen


Man pleads guilty to burglary charge

A St. Francis man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony burglary charge in connection with a break-in at an Andover residence.

Randy William Bina, 42, entered a guilty plea April 8 to the second-degree burglary count, on which he was originally arraigned Sept. 10, 2013, and will be sentenced May 16.

The evening of Sept. 8, 2013, Anoka County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Tamarack Street Northwest where the residents had returned home to find the front door open, the screen door damaged, bottles of liquor out of place and property missing.

According to the complaint, two neighbors reported seeing a male at the house earlier that day driving an older, black, small pickup truck, and the homeowners told the deputies that a man they had known for a long time, Bina, drove a truck matching that description.

Checking motor vehicle records, deputies learned that Bina owned a black 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and armed with that information and the license plate number, police issued an attempt-to-locate on the truck, which was found by the Anoka Police Department in a parking lot on Jackson Street.

When deputies looked in the truck, they saw in plain sight property that was confirmed to have been stolen in the Andover burglary.

Bina was located in a nearby bar and arrested, according to the complaint.

~ Peter Bodley


Anoka man will be
sentenced for drug charge

An Anoka man has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony drug charge filed after methamphetamine was found in the hat he was wearing.

Jesse John Jacobson, 28, entered a guilty plea in court April 7 and will be sentenced June 5.

The evening of Oct. 6, 2013, an Anoka Police officer while on patrol saw two men walking north on Queens Lane and recognized one from past police contacts as Jacobson, whom he knew to have active felony warrants, according to the complaint.

Detaining Jacobson, the officer seized a hypodermic needle from the man’s hand and then after confirming the felony warrants began a search.

When the officer removed Jacobson’s hat, a small bag with a crystal-like substance fell out. It field tested positive for 3.55 grams of methamphetamine.

The complaint states that Jacobson has been convicted of prior controlled substance crime offenses, including a fifth-degree controlled substance crime conviction in Anoka County District Court in 2012, for which a 12-month and one-day prison sentence was stayed and Jacobson was placed on probation for 10 years and jailed for 180 days.

In March 2013, after Jacobson violated his probation conditions, the court reinstated the probation, but ordered him to serve an additional 120 days in jail.


Man sentenced for
home break in

An Andover man was sentenced April 18 in Anoka County District Court on a felony first-degree burglary charge.

Cory Lawrence Rosa, 28, pled guilty to this charge that stemmed from a Nov. 3, 2012 incident in which he broke into an occupied Andover home in the 15100 block of Round Lake Boulevard by kicking in a back door.

A 46-month prison term was stayed for 20 years in lieu of probation. One requirement is that he complete treatment or the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, which helps people struggling with alcohol or drug addictions.

Rosa could end up serving 365 days in jail, but the sentence is spread out over multiple three-month sentences that start June 1 of each year from 2015 to 2018.

~ Eric Hagen

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