Life Crime Briefs for July 14

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

Man sentenced for storage unit burglary

A 39-year-old man who was already incarcerated for another crime was sentenced July 6 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

Noah Andrew Christoff was given a prison sentence of 24 months, but was given credit for 252 days served.

According to the criminal complaint, Blaine police officers were investigating a string of burglaries of storage units at Acorn Mini-Storage, 11880 Central Ave. NE, on April 29, 2015. A woman they spoke with said that at some point earlier that month, someone had cut the lock off her storage unit and replaced it with a new lock. When she finally was able to get into her storage unit she saw that a 39-inch Vizio TV and a 55-inch Sony TV had been stolen.

Police were able to take fingerprints from other boxes that had been moved around and Christoff came up as a match, according to the complaint.

Minnesota Department of Corrections records show that Christoff has been sentenced on four other cases from Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties. He is not scheduled to be released from prison until Feb. 18, 2020.

~ Eric Hagen

Sentencing for hit-and-runs

A 30-year-old man involved in back-to-back hit and run crashes in Blaine was sentenced June 27 in Anoka County District Court.

Matthew Ryan Jacoboski, of Shoreview, was given credit for 64 days served in jail and not ordered to serve any more time but he must pay $250 restitution and also has four years of probation. He sentenced on a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation.

Witnesses told authorities that a man, later identified as Jacoboski, ran a stop sign at the intersection of 105th Avenue and 6th Street. He struck a vehicle, turned around to drive away, struck a second vehicle and then got out of his car and ran away.

Police found Jacoboski walking around the Hot Market business nearby. He told police that he did not mean to run, but was scared because his driver’s license had been suspended and he does not have automobile insurance, according to the complaint.

A front seat passenger in one of the vehicles hit went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion and intracranial hemorrhage, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Shoplifter sentenced

A 55-year-old man was sentenced July 6 in Anoka County District Court for a large-value shoplifting case out of Blaine.

Casey Roland Jones, of Detroit Lakes, was sentenced to 18 months in prison but given credit for 136 days served. He was ordered to pay restitution to the business in the amount of $2,383.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones stole a generator, cordless saw and a car battery from Fleet Farm in Blaine on Dec. 17, 2016.

~ Eric Hagen

Charges for fraudulent purchases, drug possession

A Blaine man is being accused of stealing a debit card number to make multiple purchases. When he was arrested, Blaine police officers allegedly found meth.

James Robert Tousignant, 23, was arraigned July 7 in Anoka County District Court on two felony drug charges in the second- and third-degrees along with a gross misdemeanor charge of financial transaction card fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim reported to Blaine police on June 7 that someone had used his Wells Fargo debit card number to make six purchases on the Amazon website totaling $239.16. He said he received a letter in the mail from Amazon Prime that was addressed to Tousignant.

The victim told police he used to be friends with Tousignant, who used to live across the street, but they had not spoken for about two years.

Blaine police subsequently received bank statements from this victim highlighting 20 fraudulent charges between April 24 and June 5. A Blaine detective served an administrative subpoena on and learned that 22 purchases had been made with this debit card number and the packages had been mailed to a Blaine address where Tousignant lives, according to the complaint.

Although Tousignant was listed as the customer for all orders, the billing name and address was listed as this victim and his home address.

During a July 6 search warrant at Tousignant’s home, police allegedly found 12 items related to the fraudulent purchases. They also found 33.84 grams of meth, according to the complaint.

In a post-Miranda statement, Tousignant allegedly admitted to using this debit card but said it was accidental.

~ Eric Hagen

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