A Duluth man who allegedly broke into the Superior Trap and Gun Club three times remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail Monday, June 17.
Erik Ames Westberg, 38, faces three felony counts of burglary and two counts of misdemeanor theft. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on June 11 and waived the time limits for his preliminary hearing. Cash bail of $2,500 was set for Westberg, and he was ordered to have no contact with the club at 5642 S. Highway 35 in the town of Superior.
According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. William Lear with the Superior Police Department stopped a vehicle Westberg was driving June 6 after someone reported suspicious behavior from the driver. Officer Justin McIntosh noticed Westberg bore a strong resemblance to the suspect caught on surveillance camera entering the Superior Trap and Gun Club.
Westberg admitted he entered the club without permission three times. At about 5 a.m. April 30, Westberg reportedly entered the Superior Trap and Gun Club and took a Dell Computer monitor, food -- steaks, chicken, sausages and brats -- valued at $350, five boxes of shotgun shells and $75 in cash from the cash register.
On May 7, he reportedly kicked in the door, causing $1,000 damage, stole $40 cash and hearing protectors valued at $34.
On May 24, a suspect identified as Westberg forcibly entered the gun club, went to the cash register to find no cash in it, opened and closed the refrigerator, then left.
Westberg also confessed to taking a bike off the rack of a vehicle and removing the washer and dryer coin boxes at the apartment complex at 2625 Hill Ave. in Superior. Officers reported seeing the coin boxes in plain view in the vehicle Westberg was driving.
Westberg's most serious charge, burglary, is a class F felony that carries a maximum penalty of 12 years and six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.
His next court appearance is set for June 26.