Crime briefs from the UnionHerald for week of July 4

Man pleads guilty to check forgery

Jeremy Mark Oakgrove, 30, of Minneapolis, will be on probation for five years after a felony check forgery conviction in Anoka County District Court.

Oakgrove pleaded guilty to the charge May 9 and was sentenced June 23.

In November, police responded to Your Exchange Check Cashing, 8187 University Ave. NE, when Oakgrove attempted to cash a $280 check. The business contacted the 89-year-old man on the account, who said that he had not written a check for any amount to Oakgrove, according to the criminal complaint.

In a post-Miranda statement, Oakgrove said he obtained the victim’s entire checkbook, including the check he attempted to cash, from a woman named Tiffany, whom he met on Facebook.

Oakgrove said that he had done some work for the man, raking leaves and recycling at a scrap yard, so he was supposed to keep between $30 and $32 and give the rest to Tiffany.

According to the complaint, the victim told police that a woman named Tiffany used to live with him. The two met at the “AA club,” and he offered her odd jobs and a place to stay.

The man allegedly told police he never wrote her a check. The last time he saw his checkbook, it was on the kitchen table.

Oakgrove was fined $50. His probation requires a number of conditions be met, including submitting to random testing, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and more.

~ Olivia Koester

 

Two men convicted after stealing marijuana, phone

Two men were convicted of felony charges in Anoka County District Court after their involvement in a Blaine burglary this spring.

Dominic Aron, 22, of Robbinsdale, pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated robbery in April.

Daimien Nolan Jackmon, 20, of Andover, was initially charged with second-degree aggravated robbery, too, but the charge was reduced to theft, and he pleaded guilty in May.

Both men and a juvenile male were arrested in March after two women contacted police about a robbery involving a BB gun.

The women told police that the three individuals came to their apartment on Jefferson Street in Blaine to buy marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.

Aron allegedly pulled out a black BB gun and pointed it at one of the women before stealing marijuana, while Jackmon took the same woman’s cell phone.

Judge Jonathan Jasper stayed a 33-month prison term and all but $200 of a $10,000 fine in Aron’s case when he was sentenced May 20. Aron was ordered to serve 96 days in jail with credit for 64 days served. He will be on probation for 10 years.

Jackmon was sentenced to five years of probation June 30.

~ Olivia Koester

 

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