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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Game camera photos lead to burglary charges


Pine County Attorney's Office

A game camera captured this clear image of the vehicle used in a burglary on Dobosenski Road.

A Sturgeon Lake man is facing three felony charges for second degree burglary and a third degree felony burglary charge for a theft reported last October on Dobosenski Road.

According to the charging document, there was evidence of doors pried open on a cabin, shed and two trailers as well as missing property including a marine battery, trolling motor, battery charger, electric leaf blower and five-gallon gas can full of gas. Also reported missing were red and blue Bell brand helmets, goggles and DVD players and kitchen utensils.

The complaint stated a damaged four-door Jeep Cherokee with Wisconsin plates and a distinctive green rear windshield wiper was seen on game camera photos on two separate occasions two days apart. While on patrol on October 9, a Pine County deputy saw the suspect vehicle in Sandstone but it did not contain the missing property and the owner could not be located.

Cole Ronningen

Earlier that day, the complaint stated, the Moose Lake Police Department had arrested the driver of the vehicle, who was the owner, and the passenger. Both had warrants for their arrest and had been transported to Carlton County Jail.

According to the charging document, the passenger, Cole Louis Ronningen, 26, admitted to being at the property only once, stating he had only taken a trolling motor, converter box and half a case of beer. A search of Ronningen's address revealed the trolling motor and converter box, which were later positively identified as some of the reported missing property.

The maximum sentence for each second degree burglary count is 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The count of third degree burglary carries a penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.


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