Prison time stayed on three felony convictions

Peter Bodley
ABC Newspapers

Prison time was stayed by Anoka County District Court for a Wyoming man who pleaded guilty to three felony charges for separate burglary and theft offenses in Anoka County.

At sentencing March 26, Joseph Ryan Larsen, 21, who had entered guilty pleas in January to first- and second-degree burglary and theft charges, was placed on probation for 20 years and jailed for 365 days with credit for 189 days spent in jail after prison terms of 45 months, 27 months and 15 months were stayed.

Probation conditions include treatment and aftercare, no contact with the victims, urinalysis and breath tests on demand, no alcohol or drug use, no use or possession of firearms and undergo a mental health assessment.

Larsen was also ordered to make restitution in amounts of $642.50, $100, $291 and $20.

Larsen was charged with first-degree burglary following an incident at a Ham Lake residence the early morning hours of Nov. 7, 2011 when a male entered woman’s bedroom while she was asleep and stole a gym bag and her purse, which contained several gift cards and $200 in cash.

A video surveillance system in the house showed the suspect smoking a cigarette and discarding it, according to the complaint.

The cigarette butt was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis, which showed that the DNA on it matched the predominant DNA profile of Larsen, a convicted offender.

In a post-Miranda statement, Larsen admitted to the burglary of the home, saying he was looking for things to steal to support his heroin addiction.

The second-degree burglary charge resulted from a post-Miranda statement that Larsen gave during an unrelated investigation. He admitted entering a home in Linwood Township Nov. 8, 2012 and stealing several video games and video game components while the resident was not at home.

The burglary had not been reported at the time so when an Anoka County Sheriff’s deputy went to the home to speak to the resident, he looked around the house and found that video games and video game components were gone.

The felony theft charge was filed in connection with incidents in Blaine and Ham Lake in the fall of 2012.

In a post-Miranda statement, Larsen admitted to stealing items, including tools, jewelry and musical instruments, while staying at a residence in Blaine Nov. 2 and 3, 2012, then pawning them.

He also admitted stealing property from a Ham Lake residence in October and November 2012. This included sporting goods equipment, sports memorabilia and musical instruments.

In July 2012, Larsen was placed on probation for 10 years after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony second-degree burglary charge, which was filed in November 2011, according to the complaint.