Crime briefs from the UnionHerald for the week of Aug. 22

Stolen U-Haul case dismissed

As part of a plea agreement, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office dropped its case against a Fridley man who allegedly stole a new U-Haul truck, valued at $27,000, from the store in Coon Rapids. The U-Haul has since been returned.

Richard Joseph Crandall, 41, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in another case; in exchange, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office dropped charges.

In January, Crandall was spotted opening a garage door to a home that was under construction in the 14600 block of Bataan Street in Ham Lake.

When law enforcement arrived, Crandall allegedly told them that he was there doing construction, but they confirmed with the realtor and the contractor that he did not have permission to be there, the criminal complaint states.

Law enforcement found construction equipment valued at more than $500 that belonged to the contractor in Crandall’s vehicle, which was parked in the garage, according to the complaint.

A female was sitting in the vehicle’s passenger seat, and in a purse under the seat, law enforcement found 12.3 grams of a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint states.

Crandall was charged with two counts of second-degree drug possession, third-degree burglary and theft.

He pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony, June 24. The court stayed 18 months of prison time and sentenced him to 118 days in Anoka County Jail. He will be on probation for five years with various conditions, and he was fined $50.

All other charges were dropped.

~ Olivia Koester

Man gets probation for receiving stolen property charge

An East Bethel man, stopped while driving a stolen pickup truck, has been put on probation for five years by Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to a felony receiving stolen property charge.

At sentencing Aug. 11, Peter Bradley Kahle, 20, was given credit for 11 days spent in jail, but he was fined $200 and ordered to make $500 in restitution.

Probation conditions include completing chemical dependency treatment, random urinalysis and breath tests on demand at his own expense, no alcohol use until the age of 21, DNA sample, no use or possession of firearms and obtain a GED or high school diplomas.

Kahle had entered a guilty plea to the charge June 16.

According to the complaint, a blue 150 Ford pickup truck which an Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy stopped after spotting it in the parking lot of the East Bethel Theatre about 9:19 p.m. Oct. 29, 2013 had been stolen earlier that day in Isanti County.

Confirming with the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office that the truck had been stolen, the deputy then placed the driver, Kahle, under arrest.

In a post-Miranda statement, Kahle denied knowing the truck was stolen and alleged he thought the truck belonged to the father of a friend of his.

The owner of the truck told police that it was worth some $15,000, the complaint states.

~ Peter Bodley

East Bethel man sentenced for breaking into home

An East Bethel man was sentenced July 31 in Anoka County District Court on a felony burglary charge in the second degree.

James Leo Stevenson, 42, was given a jail sentence of 60 days, but given credit for seven days. He was placed on 10 years of probation and was fined $400. He could do community service anytime this year to waive some or all of this fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Stevenson stole prescription medication and mail from a Linwood Township home in October 2013. A neighbor called 911 when they saw an unknown man walking around their neighbor’s lawn in the 8700 block of 241st Avenue Northeast.

~ Eric Hagen

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