18-Year-Old Charged in Connection with Hermantown Burglary

By KBJR News 1

18-Year-Old Charged in Connection with Hermantown Burglary

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- An 18-year-old man has been charged in connection with a burglary in Hermantown that occurred earlier this week.

Dakota Daniel Thorstenson has been charged with 1st Degree Burglary and Terroristic Threats, both of which are felonies. He was also charged with Fleeing a Police Officer on Foot, which is a misdemeanor.

According to police, authorities were called to a trailer home on the Birchwood Estates in Hermantown early in the morning on Tuesday. The caller said someone was trying to get into the residence via the front door of the trailer.

When the suspect found that the door was locked, he then allegedly opened a window and began entering the trailer. Police arrived on the scene at that time and a foot chase ensued.

Police tracked the suspect with the help of a K-9 to his current residence along Alderberry Drive where he was arrested.

The residents of the trailer, two females and a 2 ½ year old child barricaded themselves in the bathroom and remained on the line with 911 operators until police could arrive. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police say when they interviewed the suspect, he allegedly admitted to attempting to enter the trailer home because he has fun doing this type of thing and he believes “It’s what kids do”.

On Thursday, Thostenson was re-interviewed and admitted to the commission of at least two previous burglaries in Birchwood Mobile Estates within the past month.

Officers executed a search warrant at Thostenson's residence and located items from these burglaries.

Officers say charges of 1st Degree burglary will be sought against him for these crimes.

Police are currently trying to identify the victim of one of the burglaries who may not be aware they were burglarized.

Hermantown Police are continuing their investigation into other similar types of incidents occurring in the area in the recent past and are working with the owners of Birchwood Estates to address concerns and hold those responsible accountable.

Hermantown Police were assisted at the scene by the St. Louis County Sheriffs Department, Proctor Police and UMD Police Departments.

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