CLINTON — A Minnesota woman was ordered to serve three concurrent prison terms of up to two years for an alleged burglary.
Sammantha J. Doerneman, 32, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was ordered to serve three concurrent sentences not to exceed two years for third-degree attempted burglary, third-degree theft, and third-degree criminal mischief. The court suspended $625 fines on each charge. The court also suspended attorney fees not to exceed $1,000.
Chad M. Larson, 40, of St. Paul, Minnesota, also is charged in relation to the burglary. He is charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree theft, and second-degree criminal mischief, Class D felonies. Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to the affidavit, at 10:46 a.m. Jan. 7, a bar manager reported a burglary had occurred overnight at Desperado's Bar, 112 S. Main St., Wheatland. The suspects tore out fiber optic cable from a junction box behind the business in an alley to disable the alarm system. Two different footwear impressions were located in snow on the ground near the junction box. The suspects then forced open a walk-in door on the north side of the bar. The walk-in door faces an alley and is not the primary entrance for the bar. The suspects then tore out more fiber optic cable and phone lines in a back room of the bar, court records state. The suspects removed a safe from a cabinet behind the bar. The bar owner reported $2,215 was inside the safe.
A cell phone was found lying on the ground outside the bar about two feet from the north walk-in door that had been forced open by the suspects, the court records state. The cell phone was collected as evidence. A male, on the morning of Jan. 7, located a stolen safe from Desperado's lying on the side of the road a couple miles south of Wheatland. The safe had been pried open and the money was removed.
The affidavit states video surveillance inside the bar showed two suspects entering the bar around 4:08 a.m. One of the suspects was carrying a large pry bar-type tool. The suspects removed the safe from behind the bar and exited the bar in less than one minute. A representative from F and B Communications in Wheatland advised they had a motion-activated camera that captured still photographs on their building in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street in Wheatland. The camera was located about one-half block from Desperado's Bar to the south and west. The camera at 4:09 a.m. captured a white semi tractor truck with a sleeper cab and pulling a grain-type trailer facing west on East Jefferson Street.
The affidavit continues an officer obtained a search warrant to examine the cell phone left at the scene. The officer discovered several items on the cell phone indicating it was used by a Sammantha Jean Doerneman. The officer discovered a gmail account on the phone that included a profile picture of a white female and white male. The officer also discovered a photograph of a letter from the Ramsey County Community Corrections Office to Doerneman. The officer located numerous text messages with a person she called Chad Michael Larson. The messages indicated she was in a relationship with Larson. The officer located numerous photographs of the same white male and female from the gmail profile picture. The officer obtained Minnesota driver's license photographs of Larson and Doerneman, both of which matched the photographs on the cell phone.
The affidavit states an officer discovered text message photographs on the cell phone of a white semi tractor truck indicating Larson was possibly a truck driver. The photograph of the white semi tractor truck appeared similar in make and model to the semi tractor truck captured by F and B's camera on Jan. 7. The officer learned from the Iowa Department of Transportation that Larson was inspected by DOT authorities in Wisconsin in 2015 and Iowa in 2016. The representative from the Iowa DOT advised Larson worked for a trucking company in Dakota County, Minnesota. A detective from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office advised Larson worked for Dubbel's Trucking, located in Rosemount, Minnesota.
The affidavit continues an officer learned Larson was arrested Jan. 17 for a burglary that occurred in the town of Veil in Crawford County. The officer spoke with a Dubbel's Truck representative. The representative reported Larson dropped off cargo in Ottawa, Illinois, on Jan. 6, in the afternoon. Larson then picked up cargo in Des Moines at 5 p.m. Jan. 7. The representative reported Larson purchased fuel in Peru, Illinois, about 6 p.m. Jan. 6, approximately eight hours prior to the alleged burglary in Wheatland. Peru, Illinois, is approximately a two-hour drive form Wheatland. The representative also reported Doerneman accompanied Larson on the trip. The officer shared the photograph from F and B's camera in Wheatland with the representative, who identified the truck and trailer in the photograph as a Dubbel's Trucking truck and trailer. There was a company logo near the front of the trailer in the F and B photograph from Jan. 7 that appeared to match Dubbel's Trucking company logo.
The affidavit states an officer obtained Larson's cell phone number from authorities in Crawford County. The number was ported to Verizon Wireless. The officer obtained by a search warrant cell phone records for the number. The records included cell towers used by Larson on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 and logs of telephone calls made and received. Cell phone records indicated between 3:33 a.m. and 4:23 a.m. Jan. 7, Larson's cell phone was utilizing a cell tower located approximately 9.71 miles south and west of Wheatland. F and B reported the monetary value of the damage done to their fiber optic cable and phone lines was $2,000. Desperado's Bar reported the monetary value of the damage done to their walk-in door and safe at $750.