Two Cloquet residents in court on Barnum burglary charges
Shawn Dahl, 35, and Lindsey Markwardt, 27, were both picked up in Hennepin County last week on warrants issued after they failed to appear for court dates in December. In addition to the burglary and theft charges, Dahl was also charged with poss...
Shawn Dahl, 35, and Lindsey Markwardt, 27, were both picked up in Hennepin County last week on warrants issued after they failed to appear for court dates in December. In addition to the burglary and theft charges, Dahl was also charged with possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a felon. He was convicted of first-degree felony burglary in 1999 in St. Louis County.
According to the criminal complaint, homeowners on Spring Lake Road returned to their house about 11 p.m. to find the back door kicked in and deadbolts broken. A number of items had been stolen, including firearms, jewelry, a stereo system, two swords, video games and consoles, antique pistols and several other household items.
One of the homeowners told police that Dahl had recently come to his house and tried to sell him some firearms from the trunk of his car. Dahl later returned with Markwardt and made several comments that the stuff in the house was "nice," the homeowner told police, stating that he told Dahl he was not allowed in the house unless the homeowner was present.
Neighbors also told police they saw a gray Pontiac Grand Am parked near the victims' home about 7 p.m. July 2, when the homeowners were out.
Two days later, according to the report, police received a call that Dahl and Markwardt tried to sell some of the property to another person. When police spotted the vehicle at the Fond du Lac Gas and Grocery store, they performed a traffic stop and found more than 20 items in the trunk matching the description of the items taken from the home on Spring Lake Road, valued at more than $10,000.
When defense attorney Thomas Skare told Judge Robert Macaulay Jr. that Dahl had missed his Dec. 15 omnibus hearing because his father was having surgery, assistant county attorney Nichole Carter said Dahl also had missed a Dec. 1 hearing because he said his father was gravely ill. Judge Dale Wolf had rescheduled the Dec. 1 hearing, warning that a warrant would be issued for Dahl's arrest if he did not make his next appearance.
Carter said she considered Dahl a flight risk. Dahl has a lengthy criminal record, which includes other felony theft and burglary charges as well as escape from custody.
Macaulay denied Skare's request that Markwardt be considered for pretrial release.
"We tried that," the judge said. "It didn't work. That's why we issued the warrant."
Macaulay opted to keep Dahl and Markwardt --- who were reprimanded by a sheriff's deputy several times for talking while court was in session -- in custody until their next court appearances, both set for Monday.