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Cloquet man sentenced to 23 months for local bank burglary

Wendy Johnson

A Cloquet man who was tracked down after a security video showed him robbing CornerStone State Bank in Cloquet has been sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Beau William Diver, 20, had earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree burglary in a surprisingly quick resolution to the case. Judge Robert Macaulay stayed Diver’s sentence for three years as part of a plea agreement and ordered him to serve three years of supervised probation. Diver was also sentenced to nine months of local confinement in the Carlton County Jail or the Northeast Regional Correctional Center (NERCC), with credit for the 47 days of time he has already served. He must complete treatment, pay restitution of $8,468.93, refrain from entering the bank and avoid use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances.

According to the complaint filed in the burglary, Cloquet police officers were dispatched to the bank at approximately 6 a.m. Nov. 11 in response to the report of a burglary. When they arrived, it was apparent the bank had been burglarized, since a rock painted with pink and white hearts and the name “Christen” written on it had been thrown through a plate glass window near the drive-through, shattering it, and an undisclosed amount of cash had been taken. 

Surveillance video from inside the bank showed a suspect stealing money around 3:30 a.m. The video was later made public, and police asked that anyone who recognized the rock used in the break-in or the person in the video call the police department.

The information received from various individuals suggested that Diver may have been responsible for the burglary, and additional follow-up by police led them to secure a search warrant to search Diver’s premises on 13th Street in Cloquet.

Detectives took Diver into custody without incident at his apartment, and during subsequent questioning, he allegedly admitted to being the one who burglarized CornerStone State Bank on Nov. 11. While executing the search warrant, authorities located the clothing he had been wearing during the burglary, as observed on the surveillance video. The officers also located various items of personal property that Diver had reportedly purchased with proceeds from the burglary. 

At the time Diver was taken into custody for the burglary, he was serving probation for felony theft in another incident and found to be in violation of that probation. He was reinstated on probation at Monday’s hearing and time for the violation will be concurrent with the new file.