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Court news: Two accused of seasonal cabin burglary

The cabin owners said that they were missing a lot of property, including an ATV, and a deputy noted pry marks on the front door. The homeowners also said all the keys that had been hanging on the wall were missing, and that a cigarette butt was found on the floor in the living room, according to court records.

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DETROIT LAKES — Dale Edward Defoe Jr., 27, of rural Ogema and Natasha Louise French, 25, of Mahnomen have both been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree burglary.

According to court records, they are accused in the March 4, 2021, burglary of a seasonal residence on East Height of Land Drive in Becker County. A passerby saw the two stuck in the driveway and gave police a license plate number and description of French, who had bright red hair.

The cabin owners said that they were missing a lot of property, including an ATV, and a deputy noted pry marks on the front door. The homeowners also said all the keys that had been hanging on the wall were missing, and that a cigarette butt was found on the floor in the living room. The cigarette was found to have Defoe’s DNA on it. A flashlight was later found at the scene, after the snow melted, that had "FRENCH" engraved on one side and "DEFOE" engraved on the other.

Arrest warrants were issued for both Defoe and French after they failed to show for their first-appearance hearings on May 26.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTSBECKER COUNTY DISTRICT COURTPUBLIC SAFETY
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