Burglar strikes Coon Rapids store
A burglar struck Kathy’s Dairy Store, 10490 Hanson Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, the night of May 29.
When an employee arrived to open the store for business about 5:42 a.m. May 30, she found a smashed window on the south side of the building.
According to the Coon Rapids Police report, surveillance video showed a male suspect enter the store through the broken window, place numerous packs of cigarettes and cigars into a bag and leave the business, all within a minute.
The male, likely white, was described as having a smaller stature, possibly a juvenile, and was wearing a hooded light color jacket and dark pants.
~ Peter Bodley
Man charged for stealing van, fleeing police
A Minneapolis man is being accused of fleeing police in a van he stole from Anoka May 6.
Austin Manuel Fischer, 35, was arraigned May 8 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of theft and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. His next court appearance is June 9.
According to the criminal complaint, the Anoka Police Department at 11:52 a.m. May 6 received a report that a Pierce Refrigeration van had been stolen from this Anoka business’ parking lot. Surveillance video footage captured an image of a man near the van at 11:15 a.m. who appeared to be in his 30s and was wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey jersey.
An Anoka police officer spotted the van heading east on Highway 10 near 7th Avenue. The driver, later identified as Fischer, did not stop after police activated their emergency sirens and instead continued east on 10 and took the Central Avenue southbound exit in Blaine. Fischer allegedly ran two red lights before a Spring Lake Park police officer was able to use a pit maneuver to run the van off the road on Central Avenue near 81st Avenue.
The person driving the vehicle was wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey jersey, according to the complaint.
~ Eric Hagen
East Bethel man sentenced for felony theft
An East Bethel man was sentenced May 21 in Anoka County District Court on a felony theft charge.
Tony Lee Bates, 28, was given credit for 141 days already served in jail after he was charged, and not ordered to serve any more time. But he will be on probation another five years.
Bates’ accomplice David Robert Tomlinson, 54, got a 60-day jail sentence this past November.
According to the criminal complaint, Bates and Tomlinson were caught the afternoon of Sept. 20, 2013 after they had broken into an abandoned Andover building to steal scrap metal.
~ Eric Hagen
Two sentenced for storage unit thefts in Coon Rapids
One suspect who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge for stealing property from multiple units at two Coon Rapids storage businesses, has been sent to prison; the other has been placed on probation.
The court April 30 sentenced Kyle Anthony Gallick, 26, no permanent address, to 26 months in prison with credit for 116 days served after he entered a guilty plea in March to one of three felony theft charges. Court records show that Gallick has several burglary and theft convictions and in 2011, he was sent to prison on two separate felony protection order violation convictions.
Co-defendant Rachel Ann Reierson, 27, no permanent address, who also pleaded guilty in March to one of two felony theft charges, was placed on probation for 10 years at sentencing April 16, given credit for 17 days spent in jail and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service work. Probation conditions include random urinalysis on demand at her own expense and no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol.
Both Gallick and Reierson have to pay restitution totaling several thousand dollars. Gallick’s share will be taken from his prison wages.
~ Peter Bodley
Two of three suspects sentenced for theft from vehicles
Two of three suspects have been sentenced by Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to one of two felony charges for breaking into and stealing property from seven vehicles in Ham Lake one night in December 2012; the third has entered not-guilty pleas and will go on trial.
Joseph Jymon Devonte Smith, 19, Andover; Matthew Curtis Olson, 19, Andover; and Razak Abdul Kadim Al-Arahawi, 20, Blaine, were all charged in June 2013 with felony aiding and abetting third-degree burglary and theft charges.
Smith has an Aug. 28 trial date; he pleaded not guilty to the charges March 19.
Olson, who entered a guilty plea March 10 to the felony theft charge, was placed on probation for five years at sentencing April 29 and was jailed for 21 days with credit for nine days served.
At his sentencing March 17, Al-Arahawi, who entered a guilty plea to the theft charge Feb. 10, was also given five years of probation, but got credit for 11 days spent in jail.
Probation conditions include a no contact order, supply a DNA sample, 40 hours of community service work, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense and no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol.
Prison time stayed on felony DWI conviction
Prison time was stayed by Anoka County District Court for a man who pleaded guilty to a felony drunk driving charge filed following a traffic stop by Coon Rapids Police.
Derrick James Tinsley, 32, Somerset, Wisconsin, entered a guilty plea March 31 to one of two felony DWI counts and at sentencing May 21, a 36-month prison term was stayed and he was placed on probation for seven years.
But Tinsley was jailed for 240 days. The jail time has been staggered, however, with 60 days being served starting June 9, then 60 days each from June 1, 2015, June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. He was also fined $400.
Probation conditions include aftercare, random urinalysis and breath tests, DNA sample submission, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and attend sober support meetings.
The charges against Tinsley were felonies because he has had three prior DWI convictions in the past 10 years – 2004, 2007 and 2012, according to the complaint.
~ Peter Bodley
Man gets probation on terroristic threats plea
A Coon Rapids man has been put on probation for five years after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge for an incident in which he barricaded himself in the driveway of his home with an assortment of weapons and held police at bay.
Ryan Bradley Spicer, 41, entered a guilty plea to a terroristic threats charge, while a felony reckless discharge of a firearm within an municipality charge was dismissed at sentencing April 4.
The court did not sentence Spicer to any jail time, but probation conditions include no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol, no use or possession of firearms, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense, and attend AA.
About 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 2013, Coon Rapids Police were called to an Ibis Street address on a report of a male behaving erratically and wanting to commit suicide by police officer, according to the complaint.
The 911 caller identified the suspect as Spicer and as officers approached the home on foot, they heard a gunshot and saw that Spicer had barricaded himself in his driveway behind an SUV and other items, prompting officers to tell neighbors to stay in their homes.
Spicer said that he had in his possession two swords, a pistol and a rifle and told police to put down their weapons so no one would get hurt, but he eventually voluntarily surrendered his weapons and allowed police to detain him, the complaint states.
In a post-Miranda statement, Spicer admitted to twice firing a firearm.
According to the police report of the incident, Spicer was an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and he was initially taken to Mercy Hospital for a mental health assessment before being transferred to the Anoka County Jail Aug. 15, 2013.
Man gets 20 years probation on drug plea
An Andover man found passed out in his vehicle by Coon Rapids Police has been placed on probation for 20 years after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of three felony drug charges.
Sergey Sergeyevich Murza, 21, entered a guilty plea Dec. 16, 2013 to a second-degree controlled substance crime and at sentencing May 13, felony first- and fifth-degree controlled substance crime charges were dismissed as well as a gross misdemeanor count of introducing contraband into the county jail and a misdemeanor charge of giving false information to police.
In addition to probation, Murza was jailed for 180 days with credit for 25 days served and must pay a $300 fine.
Probation conditions include treatment and aftercare, submit a DNA sample, random urinalysis and breath testing, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and no use or possession of firearms.
The morning of Feb. 24, 2013, Coon Rapids Police, responding to the 9700 block of Butternut Street NW, located a man passed out in a vehicle. He was later identified by his fingerprints as Murza after he gave police his brother’s name and date of birth, according to the complaint.
Because Murza was being evasive, the officer conducted a pat search and found two small baggies with a total of 19 pills in them, which were later identified as vyvanse, a schedule II narcotic.
Murza was arrested and on his arrival at the Anoka County Jail, detention deputies discovered on his person small baggies which contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for 1.6 grams of methamphetamine.
Based on that, deputies did a strip search and when Murza was asked to take off his underwear, a plastic baggie containing a white chunky powder fell out; it field tested positive for 11.5 grams of methamphetamine, the complaint states.