Life Crime Briefs for March 17

Case against man who allegedly possessed more than 1 pound of meth dismissed in district court

A March 7 hearing in the case against a 52-year-old New Brighton man charged with possessing nearly 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and a firearm was canceled when charges were dismissed Jan. 6.

David Lawrence Bennett was pulled over on Highway 65 Aug. 15, 2015, and law enforcement seized almost 1.5 pounds of meth, suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms, 22 hypodermic needles, several pills and two loaded handguns, one of which was reported stolen in Wright County in July, according to the criminal complaint.

Bennett pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court, so the Anoka County District Court case was dismissed in deference to the federal case, according to Elizabeth Mohr, community relations coordinator for the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man sentenced for thefts

A 20-year-old man who tried to break into a Coon Rapids home and also was caught in Blaine with stolen items was sentenced in Anoka County District Court.

Blaine police officers on Nov. 1, 2016, were called to a park where a man was sleeping. Matthew Jacob Allen, of Minneapolis, had large amounts of stolen jewelry on him. They also located a stolen safe on a path in this park. Separate burglary calls had been reported in the neighborhood earlier this day, according to the criminal complaint.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 17, a Coon Rapids woman called 911 and said a man was trying to break into her home. She told Coon Rapids police officers that she saw a shadow of someone looking through the window of her laundry room. She turned on the light and the person ran away.

The woman’s husband followed fresh footprints in the snow and found Allen going through a neighbor’s car. Allen said it was his car. When the husband told Allen what happened and started to walk away, Allen started to follow him and asked to come inside to use his phone. Allen was given a cellphone to use instead of being allowed inside and police arrived about this time, according to the complaint.

Allen was sentenced on two felony charges of second-degree burglary and attempted burglary in the second degree. He must pay restitution of $460. His sentence was for 232 days, but he was given credit for 52 days.

~ Eric Hagen

Alleged burglar charged

A man accused of stealing from vehicles in Blaine and Circle Pines on March 9 has been charged.

Shawn Russell Museus, 32, was arraigned March 10 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of first-degree burglary and theft.

According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine resident on 99th Avenue told authorities that his Emporio Armani watch, a Swiss Army backpack and a Toshiba laptop had been stolen from his car. All three items were found in Museus’ Jeep.

Centennial Lakes Police on March 9 responded to a call of a burglary inside a garage. An officer found an open garage door and the Jeep parked askew in one of the driveways.

As police were investigating, Museus walked from the woods and said he was walking from Wal-Mart. A K-9 searched the wooded area and found a garage door opener that had been taken from another truck along with a pair of workman gloves and a flashlight. Authorities allege that Museus also tried to pull a flat screen TV off the wall in the garage, but the homeowner heard the noise and pounded on the garage wall to say he was calling the police, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

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