Daniel Jack Thompson, 30, of rural Frazee, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree burglary and felony second-degree burglary.
According to court records, on April 13 a Becker County homeowner noticed a dark figure walking away from her residence, and her dog was barking, so she caught up to the man, allegedly Thompson, and he handed over a baseball bat and a latch to her fence. She took his photo and called law enforcement after he left.
Her attached garage and vehicle had been rummaged through and items were scattered all over. She had noticed a red pickup truck had been driving by her house, which she thought was odd because she lived on a dead-end road.
A Detroit Lakes police officer recognized Thompson from the photo the homeowner provided, and found that Thompson had previously been stopped while driving a red Ford F-150 pickup truck.
On April 17, that truck was found in a swamp in Detroit Lakes. A photograph was found outside the truck that had been stored in a checkbook taken in the burglary.
On April 21, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for Thompson at $2,000 or bond at $20,000, under standard conditions of release, or $40,000 bond with no conditions. A court appearance was set for May 10.
Detroit Lakes man accused of felony domestic assault
Michael James Looney, 28, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation, misdemeanor domestic abuse, violating a no-contact order, and misdemeanor domestic assault.
According to court records, on April 18 he began threatening a woman as they were driving from the Northside bar back to their apartment in Detroit Lakes. She stopped the car, and he punched her in the face. Once inside the house, he punched her in the face again and started choking her. She fought him off, breaking several fingernails, and got away. A female witness talked to her immediately after the assault and helped her get Looney out of the house.
On April 20, District Judge Peter Irvine set cash bail for Looney at $300 or bond at $3,000, under standard conditions of release, or $20,000 bond with no conditions.
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