A felony burglary charge has been dropped in Becker County District Court against Craig William Blonigan, 56, of Lake Six, rural Frazee.
According to court records, on July 9, 2017, the owner of a Becker County residence reported that a number of items had been taken from an attached garage at his house. They included a chainsaw, two weed trimmers and a mosquito fogger, with a total estimated value of $700 to $800.
On July 8 he received an anonymous text saying that Blonigan had taken the items. On July 18, a deputy went to Blonigan's residence to talk to him, but no one opened the door. While looking to see if Blonigan was home, the deputy saw several of the stolen items at Blonigan's residence.
Blonigan was located and allegedly admitted taking the items, saying the victim had three of his chainsaws and he went over to get them back. When he couldn't find a chainsaw, he took the other items to "get his attention."
The charge was dismissed on June 6, after Blonigan's defense attorney successfully argued that the evidence should be suppressed and the charge dropped due to an illegal search of Blonigan's property and storage shed.