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Cloquet man sentenced to 15 months for burglary, car prowls

A Cloquet man has been convicted of one felony count of receiving stolen property and sentenced to 15 months in prison. Darrin Robert Olson (also known as Gordon Lee Fairbanks, Dan Lee Jackson, Daniel Lee Jones, and John Lee Roy), 48, appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay in Carlton County Court on Friday for sentencing. He will be given credit for 70 days already served and must pay $160 in court fees.

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Olson is one of three to be implicated in the case after some $7,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered by Cloquet Police in October 2013.

At that time, according to Cloquet Police Detective Darren Berg, a car prowl was reported in the 200 block of Avenue C 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 a 43-year-old female, also of Cloquet, 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 the Cloquet woman had in her possession, they uncovered the balance of the stolen goods.

The complaint stated that at that point, Olson and his female companion 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 Lavonne Rose Lefthand, 26, of Duluth and Kevin Michael Hulsart, 29, also of Duluth.

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. The 43-year-old female was later released on her own recognizance due to a medical condition and the other three were booked into the Carlton County Jail.

Hulsart pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property on Oct. 30, 2013, and was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years, and ordered to pay fines of $210.

Lefthand pleaded guilty to felony receiving stolen property on Nov. 18, 2013, and was sentenced to 100 days in jail, with 43 days stayed for two years, and fines amounting to $210.