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Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Burglary arrests made


Albert James Dunkley

A man is facing 19 charges in Pine County Court following his arrest on Sunday after a home burglary, in which a minor girl was in the home.

On Tuesday, Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson charged Albert James Dunkley, 56, homeless, with the 19 counts. Dunkley is accused of breaking in and stealing items from six area homes, and two vehicles, which were parked at Grand Casino Hinckley over the last couple of weeks.

Dunkley is charged with one count of first degree burglary, four counts of second degree burglary, one count of burglary in the third degree, one count of felony theft, two counts of motor vehicle theft, six counts of possessing stolen property, grand misdemeanor theft, and two counts of driving after suspension.

The first degree burglary charge is the most serious charge of all since a person was inside the home during the burglary. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison.

According to the charging document, authorities had been looking for Dunkley since December 13, when surveillance footage from the Hinckley casino showed him entering a vehicle and stealing it. The vehicle was found two miles from the casino, and there were tools and cash stolen.

On December 25, at around 1 p.m., authorities were alerted of another car theft at the casino, this time a 1994 Chevrolet van. The footage showed a man, thought to be Dunkley, enter the van and drive away with it within 45 seconds.

The following day, two burglaries were reported, one on Klejeski Road and the other on Anderson Drive. Items stolen in these incidents were several horse training related items, and a radio. These were valued at over $1,700.

On the morning of December 27, a third burglary was reported on Government Road. In this case, a door was kicked in and a Kindle that was not working was stolen.

Less than two hours later, a 911 call was reported by a 13-year-old girl on Wildlife Road of a burglary in process. The girl noted a white van, similar to the one reported stolen, was in her driveway and she heard someone in her house. A deputy arrived to the scene 10 minutes later, with the homeowner arriving home before authorities. A door on the side of the home was kicked in.

Just north of the residence, anther deputy stopped the stolen vehicle, in which Dunkley was driving.

Outside the home, there were Nike shoe tracks left in the snow and homeowners noticed a silver hope bracelet was missing.

The deputy observed that Dunkley had a hope bracelet in his possession, and he was also wearing Nike shoes.

Later in the investigation, deer horns were found in the van. According to the charging complaint, there was a last name written on them and the deputy was familiar with the person. This cabin was also found to be burglarized.

Later in the afternoon, yet another property owner notified county authorities their property was broken into, according to the charging complaint. The person reported that several items were stolen, later identified as stolen from his property, including a bottle of whiskey and rum, along with DVDs, knives and fishing gear.

Rock Creek burglary

A Pine County deputy conducting a business check on December 25 at 1:30 a.m. ended up making an arrest for a burglary in progress.

The deputy was conducting a business check at Rock Creek Mini Storage located behind Rock Creek Café. The deputy noticed a vehicle parked in a suspicious location with a male standing outside of the car. During the investigation, the deputy was able to identify the male as as Jeffery Hanson, age 34, of Cambridge. Hanson gave inconsistent stories about why he was parked there.

When a second deputy arrived the officers found the fence to the mini storage facility had been cut. There were tracks in the fresh snow to and from the suspect's car and the fence. The officers located a hole cut in the fence and found several of the storage units broken into.

The suspect's car was packed so full of property from the storage units there was only room for the driver to be in the car.

The suspect was arrested and jailed on pending burglary charges as well as possession of a controlled substance located during the arrest. Formal charges are pending at this time.


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