Crime Briefs from the UnionHerald for the week of June 13

Probation, jail time on felony DWI plea

A Coon Rapids man, who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony DWI charge in March, has been placed on probation and given jail time.

At his sentencing May 12, Ryan Douglas Fried, 31, was given seven years probation and jailed for 180 days with credit for eight days already served. He was ordered to perform an indeterminate amount of community service work in lieu of an $840 fine.

Probation conditions included a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, random urinalysis and breath tests on demand at his own expense, supply a DNA sample and no use of mood-altering chemicals and alcohol.

The charge was a felony because Fried had had three prior DWI convictions in the past 10 years – June 2004, February 2005 and May 2008 – the state law threshold.

Shortly before 1:15 a.m. Jan. 1, a Coon Rapids Police officer traveling south on Crooked Lake Boulevard approaching Coon Rapids Boulevard saw a red Toyota pickup truck in the left-turn lane without its left-turn signal on, then when the left-turn arrow was green, the truck was driven straight against the red light, instead of turning left, according to the complaint.

The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Fried, who slurred his speech heavily and had bloodshot, watery eyes. There was also a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck.

Fried failed field sobriety tests, registered .315 on the preliminary breath test and after being read the implied consent advisory, had a blood-alcohol concentration of .29 on the Datamaster breath test at the police station.

~ Peter Bodley

Burglary suspect pleads guilty to felony

A burglary suspect nabbed inside an Anoka business by employees has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to one of two felony charges.

Steve Ronald Grbich, 53, Anoka, entered a guilty plea May 12 to a third-degree burglary count and was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing Sept. 15 when a first-degree burglary charge will be dismissed.

Shortly before 6 a.m. April 13, 2013, Anoka Police responded to call from City Heights Window Cleaners on Fifth Avenue where the field manager reported that when he arrived for work and entered the business, he found a two-wheel dolly stacked with three computer towers, two computer monitors, two keyboards, computer cables and mouse devices, plus a large screwdriver nearby, which did not belong to City Heights Window Cleaners.

Checking the building, the field manager told police there were fresh footprints in snow outside the rear overhead door, which had been jimmied.

Then when he and other employees went through the building, they discovered a man, later identified as Grbich, hiding inside a vehicle and detained him, according to the complaint.

The employees found pocket stamps, computer cords and other property belonging to the business on Grbich.

And when police searched Grbich prior to placing him in a squad car, they retrieved two folding knives and a flashlight from his pockets.

In a statement to police, Grbich admitted that he forced open the overhead door and crawled under it into the business with the intent of stealing property and selling it to pay his rent.

He also admitted trying to remove the catalytic converters from two trucks parked outside the building, but the battery on the cordless grinder he was using ran out.

There were fresh footprints in the snow by the trucks and the grinder was recovered, according to the complaint.

~ Peter Bodley

Anoka man sent to
prison on drug conviction

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

Jesse John Jacobson, 28, entered a guilty plea in court April 7 to a third-degree controlled substance crime and received a 24-month prison term at sentencing May 22 with credit for 180 days served.

According to the complaint, 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.

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, who he knew to have active felony warrants, according to the complaint.

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

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

~ Peter Bodley

Man gets probation on burglary conviction

A man, who pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony burglary charge for an offense in Coon Rapids, has been placed on probation for five years.

Joesf Wayne Jacques, 40, Hopkins, entered a guilty plea in March to a third-degree burglary charge and at sentencing May 21, felony theft and possession of burglary or theft tools counts were dismissed.

Jacques was given credit for 22 days spent in jail, but must perform 50 hours of community service work.

Probation conditions include mental health assessment and counseling, random urinalysis and breath testing, DNA sample submission, no use of mood-altering chemicals or alcohol and no use or possession of firearms.

Coon Rapids Police officers responded to the apartment building on the 11300 block of Robinson Drive NW April 12, 2013 on a report of a male running up to the garage area and placing what appeared to be a lawnmower in the trunk of a blue, four-door passenger car and then driving slowly through the parking lot with the lights off.

Police located a vehicle matching the description with what looked like a lawnmower hanging out of the trunk, but the driver fled on foot, leaving the car running and unlocked, and a snow blower in the trunk.

Following footprints in fresh snow, police found a man identified as Jacques, hiding under a tree and in possession of hammer, flathead screwdriver and needle nose pliers.

Police were told that a shed had been broken into within 100 yards of where Jacques was seen loading the car, the lock having been pried off, and property in the shed, valued at more than $1,470, was located nearby, according to the complaint.

In a post-Miranda statement, Jacques admitted that he and a friend had pried open the door to the shed, removed the contents and loaded the snow blower into the car.

~ Peter Bodley

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