Life crime briefs for the May 9, 2014 edition

Employee accused of stealing over $10,000 worth of clothes

A Spring Lake Park woman is facing four felony charges in Anoka County District Court for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Kohl’s store she worked for.

Kathleen Ann Monroe-Rauschke, 61, was arraigned May 1 on a two felony counts each of theft and receiving stolen property. She will make her next court appearance July 10.

According to the criminal complaint, a loss prevention employee at the Kohl’s store in Blaine talked to the Blaine Police Department Nov. 16, 2013 to report that Monroe-Rauschke had tried to leave with a bag full of clothes without paying.

Monroe-Rauschke allegedly admitted to police in a post-Miranda statement that she had stolen approximately $10,500 worth of items from the Blaine Kohl’s store since January 2013. She consented to a search of her home, during which $6,333 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Blaine man accused of having sex with underage girl

A 22-year-old man is facing two felony charges in Anoka County District Court for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl.

Michael James Chiodo, of Blaine, was recently charged by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office with criminal sexual conduct in the first and second degrees.

According to the criminal complaint, the parents of a 12-year-old Eden Prairie girl called police to report that an unknown man had brought their daughter home. The parents told police that Chiodo claimed he was 17 years old and he thought their daughter was 15 or 14 years old. She allegedly told her parents that she had snuck out of her home on multiple occasions and she had sex with Chiodo.

Police later learned that Chiodo and the girl had met on an Internet site call “meetme.”

~ Eric Hagen

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Authorities discovered that Smith’s privileges to drive had been revoked after alcohol related offenses in July 2004, August 2005 and October 2006.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

A Mounds View man was sentenced April 28 in Anoka County District Court on a gross-misdemeanor damage to property charge.

Roger William Rodarte, 46, had also been charged with felony second-degree assault after he allegedly attempted to run over another man in a parking lot of a Blaine business on Halloween morning this past year, according to the criminal complaint. This charge was dismissed at sentencing.

After allegedly attempting to hit a man with his vehicle, Rodarte ran through the picture window of a Blaine store in the 10500 block of University Avenue.

According to the criminal complaint, Rodarte and the alleged victim got into an argument. Rodarte allegedly got into his vehicle and accelerated toward this man. He jumped out of the way and Rodarte ran through the picture window at the front of the store.

Court records show that Rodarte did pay $903.11 to the store owner for restitution. He served three days in jail and will be on probation for two years.

~ Eric Hagen

Blaine man sentenced for burglary, assault

A Blaine man was sentenced to two years of probation May 1in Anoka County District Court for trying to steal beer and wine from a garage and assaulting the homeowner.

Kyle Jordan Hexum, 21, was originally charged July 29, 2013, with felony first-degree burglary, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree burglary and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. The felony charge was dismissed at sentencing after he pleaded guilty April 21 to the gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor charges.

Hexum served 23 days in jail after he was charged. Anoka County District Court Judge Tammi Fredrickson did not order any more jail time, but fined him $150.

According to the criminal complaint, Hexum on July 26, 2013, entered the attached garage of a Blaine home in the 11700 block of Jefferson Street Northeast.

The then 20-year-old stole beer and wine from the refrigerator. The homeowner caught him after a short pursuit. While waiting for police to arrive, the man said Hexum punched him in the groin and fled. Police caught him a short distance later.

~ Eric Hagen

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