Crime briefs from the UnionHerald for week of July 11

Burglar strikes Coon Rapids store

A burglar broke into Kathy’s Dairy Home store, 10490 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids, the early hours of June 28.

A window was found smashed on the south side of the store when an employee arrived to open the store for business the morning of June 28. Video surveillance showed a suspect breaking the window and entering the store at 2:28 a.m.

He stuffed cartons of cigarettes, lottery tickets, individual packs of cigarettes and individual packaged cigars into a dark-colored backpack before leaving the store through the broken window, according to the Coon Rapids Police report.

The store owner estimated the value of the tobacco products stolen to be $1,100.

The police report states that video surveillance showed the burglar to be a young, white male, between 17 and 22 years of age, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

~ Peter Bodley

Five years in prison for Bethel woman after DWI

Jeri Lynn Wagner, 44, was sentenced to five years in prison after a third felony DWI conviction.

Wagner, a Bethel resident, pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court June 25 to driving under the influence of alcohol this spring.

A deputy with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a swerving vehicle headed southbound on Highway 65 in Ham Lake March 30.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle did not slow down for the deputy or when law enforcement deployed stop sticks near 109th Avenue in Blaine, giving the vehicle two flat tires.

Employing a precision immobilization technique was law enforcement’s next step, and the maneuver caused the vehicle to spin out and roll into the ditch on the passenger side, the complaint states.

Wagner was driving the car and allegedly refused to submit to any sort of test at the scene or at the hospital, where she was transported after the rollover.

In a post-Miranda statement, she said she took the car she was driving from her boyfriend without permission, according to the complaint.

Wagner was charged with four felonies: driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing law enforcement, refusing to submit to chemical tests and stealing a motor vehicle.

The last three charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to the first.

Wagner will spend five years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

She must also pay nearly $9,850 in restitution.

Wagner has two previous DWI convictions from 2008 and 2012.

~ Olivia Koester

Baby products, fireworks shoplifted from Target

Two Minneapolis women are being accused of walking out of a Coon Rapids Target with more than $1,800 worth of merchandise without paying.

Shakeena Takeema Tracy Flax, 26, and Leanika Marie Warren, 27, were arraigned June 26 in Anoka County District Court on one felony theft charge each.

According to the criminal complaint, a Target loss prevention officer became suspicious when Flax and Warren were rapidly loading up a shopping cart with numerous items and called Coon Rapids police.

Before officers arrived, they walked out of the store without paying for any items. Warren was allegedly pushing the cart and Flax was just ahead of Warren, apparently acting as a look-out.

According to the complaint, a Coon Rapids officer spotted Flax and Warren leaving Target. When the officer yelled, “you’re under arrest,” Flax allegedly smiled at the officer and quickly got into the car and locked the vehicle that Warren was a passenger in. Authorities blocked Flax from driving away and she eventually surrendered. When they exited the vehicle, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

Among the shoplifted items were a toddler bed, baby clothes, a vacuum and fireworks.

~ Eric Hagen

Alleged Ham Lake ATV thief charged

A 19-year-old Ham Lake man has been accused of stealing an all-terrain vehicle from another Ham Lake home.

Charles Keith Kohn was arraigned June 25 in Anoka County District Court on one felony count of first-degree burglary.

According to the criminal complaint, a Ham Lake homeowner in the 15000 block of Austin Street Northeast told the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office June 23 that someone had stolen their camouflaged ATV from their garage overnight.

Deputies found ATV tracks leading to a Ham Lake home in the 4000 block of 151st Lane Northeast and found Kohn had mud on his face, hands and feet. The stolen ATV was hidden in a shed by this home.

~ Eric Hagen

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