Two face charges in burglaryTwo Poplar men accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home while two teenage girls and an infant were in it made their initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Monday.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Two Poplar men accused of breaking into a neighbor’s home while two teenage girls and an infant were in it made their initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Monday.
Austin James Clement, 18, faces felony counts of burglary and bail jumping. Alexander Morningstar Rohling, 30, faces a single burglary charge.
The girls, ages 14 and 15, were home babysitting an infant and were in the downstairs portion of the home when they heard someone kick in an upstairs door, according to a release issued by Douglas County Chief Deputy Gerald Moe. The girls grabbed a phone and locked themselves in a downstairs bathroom to call 911. They told the dispatcher they heard at least two males talking.
The girls remained calm and kept dispatchers updated as officers headed the house on Olson Road, near County Highway P.
Officers arrived within 10 minutes and cleared the house. Footprints in the snow lead away from the house and a responding officer picked up the track on a nearby snowmobile trail, and began to follow it.
Deputy Ed Gallagher chased down one suspect, following tracks through the woods for about 45 minutes and keeping officers apprised of his location.
One suspect was taken into custody by Gallagher as they left the woods on County Highway P. The second suspect was taken into custody a short time later at a nearby residence.
When questioned by Deputy Cory Knutson with the sheriff’s department, both men admitted playing a part in the burglary and admitted their intent was to steal narcotics, according to the criminal complaint. Each pinned the blame on the other’s alleged drug addiction. According to court records, a search warrant of the home the two men shared turned up a glass piggy bank full of pennies, and drug paraphernalia including a homemade aluminum foil pipe with burnt residue and a hollow plastic pen body with melted end and residue.
At the time of his arrest, Clement had an outstanding warrant for bail jumping. He is facing misdemeanor charges of retail theft, possession of marijuana, bail jumping and theft-written lease in Douglas County and a felony burglary charge in Bayfield County. Cash bail was set at $1,500 for Clement, $500 for each open case in Douglas County.
A cash bond of $500 was set for Rohling with the condition that he have no contact with the victim or the victim’s residence. A preliminary hearing for both men was scheduled for April 10.