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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Local man faces burglary charge


A 35-year-old Moose Lake man has been charged with third degree burglary, felony theft and felony motor vehicle theft in Pine County.

On February 10, the Minnesota State Patrol pursued Nathan Jay Schwarz and another occupant of a vehicle while they were at the Family Dollar store in Sandstone. According to the charging document, the defendants fled from the officers on foot from the store and were eventually found hiding in the snow.

During transport, the complaint states, Schwarz told the Pine County deputy he could provide information on a $60,000 burglary. During a search of the defendant’s car, magazines were found with the Pine City burglary victims’ names.

After contacting the victims, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) learned the stolen property included a 2007 33-foot Forest River Rockwood pull-behind camper worth approximately $27,000, a 1935 Ford Coupe worth approximately $5,000, a Remington .22 caliber rifle, a 1987 Yamaha Enduro motorcycle, a 1987 Honda Spree scooter, a 1980 Suzuki scooter and two John Deere riding lawn mowers, among other miscellaneous items.

According to the complaint, Schwarz sold the camper for $500 to an acquaintance, who was living in the camper at the time of the investigation. The camper was recovered from an address in Rush City.

After executing several search warrants at different addresses, the PCSO found at a residence on Beroun Crossing Road the 1935 Ford with the tow bar still attached, one of the lawn mowers and several other items confirmed to be stolen from the same victims. Other items were located at a third address on Crooked River Road.

Third degree burglary can carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both; the maximum for the felony theft is 10 years and/or $20,000 fine, and the felony motor vehicle theft charge could earn Schwarz up to five years and/or $10,000 fine.

A warrant was issued for Schwarz, who is currently in custody at the Kanabec County Jail. He also has a warrant for his arrest from Chisago County.


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