Cloquet man faces charges for burglary, felony theftDavid Michael Smith, 49, of Cloquet was arraigned in Carlton County Court Wednesday on charges of burglary in the second degree and felony theft.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
David Michael Smith, 49, of Cloquet was arraigned in Carlton County Court Wednesday on charges of burglary in the second degree and felony theft. Smith earlier admitted to Cloquet Police that he used a rock to smash the window of a Selmser Avenue home during the daytime hours of Monday, Oct. 11, while the homeowner was away and took a large container of coins as well as several bills. He also admitted to burglarizing that same residence on Sept. 21, at which time he took several thousand dollars in cash.
At Wednesday’s arraignment, Judge Robert Macaulay Jr. imposed bail in the amount of $40,000, with a cash bond set at $4,000. Smith’s next court appearance will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 20.
According to the complaint filed in the case, Cloquet Police were called to Selmser Avenue by a resident who said he observed a man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt get out of a van and attempt to pry open a sliding glass door on his house. When the complainant went to the door, he observed the man walk away and then go to the neighbor’s house and attempt to pry open the door on that house, at which time the complainant called police.
When an officer was talking with the complainant, he observed a man meeting the description of the alleged intruder walking down the street with a large object under his arm. The complainant confirmed with the officer that the man was the same one who had gone up to his house and the neighboring house.
As police questioned the man, who identified himself as David Michael Smith, they noted the object he carried under his arm was a large cylinder with U.S. currency inside. At the time, Smith told officers he always carried money around with him.
A further search yielded more money wadded up in both Smith’s pockets, as well as casino vouchers and personal checks made out to the resident of the neighboring house.
Another officer who arrived on the scene at that time recognized the property in Smith’s possession as belonging to the homeowner of the neighboring house, stating he was aware that residence had also been burglarized earlier in September.
Smith was then taken into custody, and upon further questioning, admitted to the burglary and theft, stating he was also responsible for the September burglary.
Smith remains in custody at the Carlton County Jail.