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Gas drive off leads to felony charges


Shawn Olthoff, 34, Moose Lake, was charged with six counts on May 6, 2019. The two felony counts were Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Felony Receiving Stolen Property. Both carry a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine.

The other four counts were misdemeanors. Olthoff was charged with Obstructing the Legal Process, Fleeing on Foot ,and Theft of Motor Fuel from a Retailer. Those misdemeanors carry maximum sentences of ninety days and/or a $1,000 fine.

He was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Use/Possession, which carries a $300 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, on May 6, Moose Lake police officers were dispatched to the Kwik Trip gas station to locate a man driving an SUV who filled up $43.49 worth of gas and then drove away without paying for it. The officers observed video footage and saw a male driver who had committed the gasoline theft. They also collected the video footage and still photographs of the suspect.

A short time later, there was a call to Carlton County dispatch about a man in a similar color and description SUV as the gasoline drive-off removing a license plate from his motor vehicle and throwing it into a ditch. The officers responded to that scene and were able to collect the license plate. They later learned that the license plate had been stolen from a separate motor vehicle.

On May 7, the officers were able to identify the male driver from the gasoline theft as Shawn Olthoff. The officers responded to Olthoff’s mother’s residence in the city to try and find Olthoff regarding the theft. The mother positively identified him from the photographs as the person committing the gasoline theft.

The officers obtained a search warrant for the mother’s residence to search for clothing or other items to prove that Olthoff had committed the gasoline theft. The officers and other law enforcement searched the home and met with Olthoff’s mother and girlfriend. The girlfriend was identified as Lindsey Beck.

Beck was very upset that law enforcement was present at the residence commencing a search and she went into the laundry room and found several items of clothing that Olthoff had been wearing when he committed the gasoline theft.

The officers noticed that there was a garage and shed on the property. They intended to get separate search warrants to search for additional clothing items from the gasoline theft. They also reached Olthoff by phone. He admitted that he had committed the gasoline theft and was very upset when he learned that they intended to search the garage and shed.

The officers received additional search warrants and searched the shed and garage adjacent to the mother’s home. Inside of them, law enforcement officers found several items of drug paraphernalia in multiple locations. The officers also found suspected Methamphetamine and an amount of THC resin. That substance was later field tested and weighed, confirming that it was THC and weighted approximately 11 grams.

Inside the garage the officers also found a yellow ATV that had been reported stolen by its owner. Olthoff’s mother confirmed that Beck had brought the ATV to her home and she and Olthoff placed the ATV in the garage the day prior. Olthoff’s mother said she had never seen the ATV, drugs or paraphernalia before and that the items in the garage would be Olthoff’s and Beck’s property.

The officers went back to Olthoff’s mother’s house the next day in an attempt to locate him. The officers found him home and attempted to speak to him and arrest him for probable cause of committing a felony. Olthoff became verbally aggressive with the officers and eventually ran from the residence while being pursued by officers. He was eventually located underneath a pine tree in a different part of the neighborhood.

Law enforcement officers then attempted to gain compliance of Olthoff and were eventually able to get him into handcuffs. Olthoff then claimed that he had ingested controlled substances. The officers brought him to Mercy Hospital for an evaluation.

Olthoff became very combative with the officers and obstructed law enforcement and the hospital staff’s ability to do their jobs by his physical conduct. Olthoff also broke a soft restraint while at the hospital and eventually had to be sedated.

Lindsey Beck, 32, Moose Lake, was charged with three counts: Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a felony; Felony Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Both Olthoff and Beck have extensive criminal histories. Beck also has a previous controlled substance crime on her record from 2013 in St. Louis County.


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