Life crime briefs from the Sept. 8, 2017, edition

Man sentenced for home burglary

A Blaine man was sentenced Aug. 31 in Anoka County District Court for role in a home burglary.

Corey Eugene Rose, 22, was sentenced on a felony charge of first-degree burglary. He was given credit for 169 days served in jail and not ordered to serve any more time. But he is on probation for 10 years and must pay approximately $1,500 in restitution to the people he stole from.

On the morning of Aug. 25, 2016, several power tools and a bicycle were reported stolen from the garage of a Blaine home in the 9000 block of Fillmore Street. The homeowner called later in the day to say he found some of his property hidden in the woods near the home.

The police felt the burglar had left the items behind to pick up later. They got fingerprints and DNA swabs from the property for evidence before returning the items to its owner. Officers then waited for the burglar to return to the scene of the crime, according to details from the complaint.

At 1:40 a.m. Aug. 26, 2016, Blaine officers saw a van pull up. Two men got out and looked around the woods for about 10 minutes before leaving. The van was pulled over and Rose was the driver, according to the complaint.

The other man in the vehicle was not arrested and will not be charged since investigators determined he played no role in the actual burglary, according to Blaine Police Lt. Dan Pelkey.

A subsequent search of Rose’s home recovered numerous property that had been reported stolen from other burglaries in Blaine, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Man sentenced for having sex with juveniles

A 20-year-old man who had sex with two juvenile girls was sentenced Aug. 25 in Anoka County District Court.

Saaha Malik Anderson, of Plymouth, was sentenced on three felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Anderson was sentenced to serve 240 days in jail, but he was offered furlough so he can complete treatment programming. His probation officer must sign off on where he lives and he cannot move without authorization. He cannot be around any minors without prior approval from the court, his probation officer or a therapist. He cannot even leave the state without approval.

While residing in Blaine, Anderson had sex with two girls, ages 15 and 13. Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Strusinski in November 2016 spoke to a 15-year-old girl who said she had sex with Anderson once at his home and a second time at her home. Later on, investigators found nude images and a video of the 13-year-old girl on Anderson’s phone. This girl said they twice had sexual intercourse, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Man who stole from vehicles sentenced

A 32-year-old man who stole from vehicles and Blaine and Circle Pines in March was sentenced Aug. 3 in Anoka County District Court.

Shawn Russell Museus, of St. Cloud, was sentenced on a felony theft charge. He got a sentence of 21 months in prison, but was given credit for 110 days served.

A Blaine resident on 99th Avenue reported to police on March 9 that someone went in his vehicle and stole an Emporio Armani watch, a Swiss Army backpack and a Toshiba laptop. That same day, Centennial Lakes Police responding to a garage burglary call in Circle Pines found Museus’ Jeep parked nearby. The items stolen from Blaine were later found in his vehicle, according to the complaint.

Museus walked from the woods and told authorities he had just walked from Wal-Mart. A K-9 searched the woods and found a garage door opener that had been taken from another truck, a pair of workman gloves and a flashlight.

~ Eric Hagen

Blaine man allegedly bites officer

Tyler James Roers, 25, of Blaine, allegedly bit a police officer after fleeing from the officer.

Roers was arraigned on fourth-degree assault charges and fifth-degree drug possession in Anoka County District Court Aug. 31.

Around 9:15 p.m. Aug. 29, a Ramsey police officer observed Roers nearly get hit by a vehicle as he walked against traffic, not in a crosswalk, the criminal complaint states.

The officer spoke with Roers in a parking lot, and learned there were multiple warrants for his arrest. The officer instructed Roers to remain near the squad car, according to the complaint.

Allegedly, Roers ran off, and the officer pursued him on foot.

According to the complaint, Roers threw a T-shirt and backpack to the ground as he ran.

The officer tried to shock him with a Taser, but was unsuccessful. He did tackle Roers to the ground, but Roers allegedly bit the officer’s leg and arm, the complaint states.

Assisting officers were able to handcuff Roers, according to the complaint.

The officer was treated at Mercy Hospital for the bites, the complaint states.

The backpack contained items indicative of drug use, including needles and a glass pipe with white residue inside. The residue tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Ina post-Miranda statement, Roers said he ran from the police because he knew there were warrants for his arrest. He also said he resisted arrest, bit the officer to try and get away and used drugs daily, the complaint alleges.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Kohl’s merchandise stolen

A 48-year-old man is accused of stealing more than $1,000 of merchandise from Kohl’s in Blaine.

Heath Jewel Bickham, no permanent address, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court on a felony theft charge Aug. 30.

Around 3 p.m. Aug. 28, the a Kohl’s loss prevention employee contacted law enforcement after observing a man walk out of the store without paying for a cartload of items. The employee confronted Bickham in the parking lot, but he ran off, leaving the cart, the criminal complaint alleges.

Officers arrested Bickham, who identified himself by a different first name, according to the complaint.

Items in the cart were worth $1,031.

~ Olivia Alveshere

Man duped on Craigslist

A Blaine man allegedly lost $7,500 when a Craigslist deal did not pan out.

The man was looking to purchase a 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia, and found someone selling such a vehicle on the Denver, Colorado, Craigslist website in May, according to the criminal complaint.

The Blaine man transferred $7,500 from his bank account to a bank account tied to the seller, Joseph Ronald Clayton, 33, of Los Angeles, California, the complaint states.

The same day, the Blaine man flew to Colorado to pick up the vehicle. When the seller did not show up, he knew he had been swindled.

Clayton was charged with theft by swindle in Anoka County District Court Aug. 30.

~ Olivia Alveshere

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