UnionHerald crime briefs for the May 30, 2014 edition

Burglar strikes Coon Rapids store

A burglar alarm just after 7 a.m. Saturday, May 17 sent Coon Rapids Police to the Kelissa Shea store in Riverdale Crossing Shopping Center.

Officers found the front door had been pried open at the women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry business.

Video surveillance showed a male suspect enter the store through the front door and fill a backpack with miscellaneous costume jewelry, according to the police report.

The man left northbound in a vehicle, which looked like a truck, that had been parked in front of the Leeann Chin restaurant, which is located next door to Kelissa Shea on Riverdale Drive, the police report states.

~ Peter Bodley

Felony theft charge plea draws four years of probation

A man, who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony theft charge in March in connection with incidents in St. Francis one night in early August 2013, has been placed on probation for four years.

At sentencing May 7 for David Kevin Wenzel, 21, St. Paul, a first-degree burglary charge was dismissed and he was given credit for four days spent in jail, but was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service work.

According to the complaint, shortly after 7 a.m. Aug. 9, 2013, St. Francis Police responded to reports of a series of thefts from vehicles and a burglary from residents on the 23300 block of Yucca Street NW.

At one home, a woman told police that two packs of Marlboro cigarettes as well as keys to her van had been stolen while she was asleep in bed that night and although there was no sign of forced entry, the sliding glass door had been unlocked and the purse was near the door.

In addition, several unlocked vehicles on the street and in driveways has been entered and property stolen, with a total value of at least $1,250.

~ Peter Bodley

Man pleads guilty to burglary charge

A shoplifter who attempted to flee Coon Rapids Police in his vehicle has been sent to prison by Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to a felony charge.

Tarmaine Philon Taylor, 33, St. Paul, was given a one day and one month prison sentence May 13 with credit for 87 days served and fined $50. He had entered a guilty plea in January to a felony attempted fleeing police in a motor vehicle charge; a misdemeanor theft count was dismissed at sentencing.

According to court records, Taylor has had several previous theft and assault convictions.

Police responded to a theft report from Walmart, 13020 Riverdale Dr. NW, Oct. 28, 2013, where a loss prevention officer observed a male take merchandise and leave the store without paying for it, despite employees’ efforts to stop him.

~ Peter Bodley

Man pleads guilty to burglary charge

A man accused in Anoka County District Court of breaking into garages at a Coon Rapids apartment complex, has pleaded guilty to one of two felony charges.

Alex James Tahedl, 25, Zimmerman, entered a guilty plea May 5 to a third-degree burglary charge. He was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing May 22 when a first-degree burglary count will be dismissed.

The early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2013, Coon Rapids Police responded to Margaret Place senior apartments on 118th Lane on a report of suspicious male attempting to force his way into the attached garages at the apartment complex.

On arrival, officers made contact with a male walking away from the area and identified him as Tahedl, but when a positive identification of Tahedl as the suspicious male was not obtained he was released.

~ Peter Bodley

One-year of probation on misdemeanor guilty plea

A Coon Rapids man has been placed on probation for one year following a guilty plea in Anoka County District Court to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge after he was originally charged with a felony.

Thomas William Miller, 60, entered guilty pleas in April to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and domestic assault counts; he had been charged with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Miller entered an Alford plea to the charges, meaning that he did not admit guilt, but acknowledged that the evidence in the case would likely result in a judge or jury finding him guilty.

At sentencing May 19, the court dismissed the misdemeanor domestic assault count and stayed 90 days in jail for a year for Miller, who must pay a $500 fine.

Probation conditions include anger management and domestic abuse counseling, no use of alcohol or mood-altering chemicals and no assaultive, violent or disorderly behavior. A domestic abuse no contact order was rescinded.

~ Peter Bodley

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