Stolen merchandise recovered, four face chargesFour adults are facing charges and some $7,000 in stolen merchandise has been recovered after Cloquet Police apprehended the four last Tuesday.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Four adults are facing charges and some $7,000 in stolen merchandise has been recovered after Cloquet Police apprehended the four last Tuesday.
Kevin Michael Hulsart, 29, of Duluth; Kari Michelle Nordmarken, 43, of Cloquet; Lavonne Rose Lefthand, 26, of Duluth; and Darren Robert Olson, 47, of Cloquet have each been charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property in connection with a burglary and car prowls that occurred earlier this month.
Detective Darren Berg said a car prowl in the 200 block of Avenue C was reported, and a purse with a diamond ring in it was taken. Another car prowl was reported in that same neighborhood, with a computer monitor reportedly taken.
A garage burglary was reported in the same block of Avenue C a couple of days later, with an extensive number of power, air and hand tools reported stolen. At the same time, it was discovered the computer monitor stolen earlier was left behind, possibly to make room for the stolen tools and equipment.
According to Deputy Cloquet Police Chief Terry Hill, a tip led detectives to execute a search warrant on Oct. 15 at a house on 17th Street, where the stolen merchandise was recovered.
The criminal complaint states that authorities encountered Olson and Nordmarken inside the house. While there, the officers noted what they suspected to be some of the tools taken in the burglary. When they opened a locked closet with a key that Nordmarken had in her possession, they uncovered the balance of the stolen goods.
The complaint stated that at that point, Olson and Nordmarken admitted to knowing the items were stolen but said they were not the ones who stole them, indicating they were brought to the residence by Lefthand and Hulsart.
While the investigators were still at the scene, Lefthand and Hulsart arrived at the house and detectives said all four proceeded to pin the blame on one another. All four were arrested and taken into custody. Nordmarken was later released on her own recognizance due to a medical condition and the other three were booked into the Carlton County Jail.
All four were later charged in Carlton County Court.