Three arrested after theft at ALCO
According to the Moose Lake Police Department written complaint, on August 10, a Moose Lake police officer received a report from the ALCO store in Moose Lake regarding the theft of a generator. Upon review of video footage, the officer identified Donald Gene Mader, 27, Stephanie Nicole Bice, 27, and Matthew Erick LePage, 20, entering the ALCO store at approximately 2 p.m. on said date. Bice and Mader distracted the sales clerks, while LePage loaded the generator into a cart and took it out of the store without paying for it. LePage loaded the generator into Bice’s vehicle. The generator was new, with a retail value of $699.99.
The officer was able to locate the generator at We Pay More Pawn in Blaine. LePage has a prior conviction in the last five years for Financial Transaction Card Fraud, and received a probation violation.
Bice was charged with Gross Misdemeanor Theft, which carries a sentence of one year and/or a $3,000 fine.
In another case, Matthew Erick LePage was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree (Aid and Abet), which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine, and Receiving Stolen Property, which carries a maximum sentence of one year and/or a $3,000 fine.
According to the written complaint, LePage and Donald Gene Mader, who was also charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, were located by Moose Lake police officers in a city park after the police had received a complaint on August 27 from a witness that someone had entered his home and had taken his Sony Playstation 3, along with three controllers, several games and a blue Nike duffel bag.
The officers came across Mader and LePage in the park, and Mader was taken into custody.
After the officers had left the scene, they received information that LePage had retrieved a concealed duffle bag and had left the area.
Several days later, the officers had received information that LePage had attempted to pawn a Playstation 3, controllers and games at the Hawk Shop in Barnum. The shop did not accept the pawn. Officers then investigated the pawn system and noted that LePage had pawned a Playstation 3, controllers and games at a pawn shop in Hinckley. Officers took the victim to the pawn shop, whom identified and recovered the items.
The officers continued their investigation and learned that Mader and LePage had gone to the residence. LePage waited outside while Mader entered the residence and then exited, carrying the duffel bag containing the stolen items. The two then walked to the park and concealed the duffel bag. After Mader was taken into custody, LePage then retrieved the bag and later pawned the items.
Man arrested on controlled substance charges
Frederic Mark Malone, 47, was charged with two Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine for a first violation, not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine for a second and subsequent violation.
According to the written complaint, on August 20, a Moose Lake Police Officer monitored radio dispatch regarding an individual that had left the Hinckley area traveling northbound on Interstate 35 after having been observed as possibly being impaired.
The officer observed the described vehicle pass his location at approximately 10:40 p.m. and, after observing erratic driving conduct, made a traffic stop. He approached the vehicle and identified the driver as Fredrick Mark Malone.
While speaking with the defendant, the officer observed indications of impairment but could not detect any odor of any alcoholic beverage. The officer conducted field sobriety tests.
The defendant performed poorly on the tests but a test did not reveal the presence of alcohol in the defendant’s system. The defendant consented to the search of his vehicle.
The officer found a pill bottle with pills that were identified as Clonazepam, for which the defendant did not have a prescription. The officer also found a single pill of Hydrocodone in the search of the vehicle. The defendant was arrested and transported to the Law Enforcement Center, and the items that were found were taken into custody to be positively identified by the lab or a certified pharmacist.
In other news, the department received a complaint about the theft of copper welding tips from the construction site at Mercy Hospital during the night of Sunday, Sept. 22, and Monday, Sept. 23.
An attempt was also made to burglarize the garages of two homes in the city. One was successful but the burglars could not gain entrance to the other garage. Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm said he thinks that the three burglaries are connected.
The welding tips were recovered in St. Louis County near Pike Lake on Friday, Sept. 27, and the case is still under investigation.
Two part-time police officers have been hired and are being trained.
The new police vehicle, a four-wheel drive 2013 Dodge Ram pickup, was picked up by Chief Bogenholm on Friday, and will be in service as soon as emblems are applied.