A 42-year-old Rutledge man was arrested last Friday after a homeowner noticed the man was taking items from her garage without her permission.
On October 26 around 5:14 p.m., deputies responded to a home on Long Lake Road in Willow River in reference to a burglary that had just occurred.
As deputies arrived in the area, they noticed a green van parked down the street from the break-in. Deputies made contact with the homeowner who stated that she had witnessed a party known to her as Douglas Roy Booker, and another unknown male remove items from the garage at her residence and then flee in a green van.
Deputies immediately began searching for the green van seen earlier and ultimately located it parked in the garage of a known associate in the city of Rutledge. Inside the van, deputies saw property taken in the burglary. Among the items stolen were a remote control car and an animal skull with an insignia carved in it.
A male party at the residence told deputies that Booker had entered the house but then fled out a window. Deputies surrounded the house and requested an investigator be dispatched. While awaiting the arrival of the investigator, deputies returned to the scene of the crime and collected evidence and witness statements.
A consent search was conducted of the Rutledge house by a sheriff's investigator and deputies. Booker was found hiding in a closet and taken into custody and subsequently charged with third degree burglary.
According to the arrest report, Booker had borrowed the van from his girlfriend earlier in the day. Booker had asked another party to deliver gasoline to him so he could use the van. The girlfriend said she borrowed Booker the van and had no knowledge what he planned on using it for, the complaint said.
The green van containing evidence was towed and is currently being held pending forfeiture.