Man charged with burglary of Cloquet homeOn Dec. 16, an additional charge of felony second-degree burglary was added to David Smith’s charges and his bail was heightened by $20,000.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
One of the two Cloquet men arrested for receiving stolen property early last month was actually charged with stealing the items approximately 10 days later.
David Michael Smith, 50, and his son, Brittan Jay Michael Smith, 27, were arrested Monday, Dec. 6, after a police search revealed that the men had personal items and jewelry stolen from a Cloquet home Oct. 27. Total damages and stolen items – including personal items and jewelry – were estimated at $30,000. At that time, both men were charged with receiving stolen property, a felony. In addition, David Smith was charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both petty misdemeanors.
On Dec. 16, an additional charge of felony second-degree burglary was added to David Smith’s charges and his bail was heightened by $20,000.
According to the criminal complaint, after the initial charges were filed, police learned from a witness that David Smith had allegedly committed the October burglary by breaking a window at the residence to gain entry. Once inside, the complaint alleges he stole money and other items inside the residence.
Cloquet police initially suspected the Smiths after businesses reported both men trying to pawn jewelry matching the description of the jewelry stolen from the home.
At that point, detectives were granted a search warrant for David Smith’s residence on the 1000 block of Avenue F in Cloquet and retrieved a number of items stolen from the home, Cloquet Deputy Chief Terry Hill said.
According to the criminal complaint, David Smith had attempted to pawn the jewelry and was unhappy with the amount he had been offered. Thereafter, the complaint stated, Brittan Smith also attempted to pawn the jewelry at a different location so both defendants had the stolen jewelry in their possession when they attempted to pawn it.
Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler said both men were on probation for previous theft charges when they were arrested. David Smith had pleaded guilty to two separate felony burglary charges in March of this year, after he broke into the same Selmser Avenue home on two different occasions. Brittan Smith pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property in June, and felony theft charges on the same case were dismissed.
A Wednesday omnibus hearing set for David Smith was continued until 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.