Shawn Michael Morello, 37, Randall, was charged Feb. 2, with one felony count each of receiving stolen property and fifth degree possession for not a small amount of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of theft – taking, using or transferring movable property without consent, by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
On Jan. 10, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of 15 tires, valued at $1,320, from OK Tire and Bait in Randall.
On the same day, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of the theft of gasoline from Kierstead Trucking in Randall.
Kierstead’s video surveillance showed two men, driving a white Chevrolet Astro van, attempting to siphon gas from used cars on the lot.
On Jan. 29, Walmart in Little Falls contacted law enforcement to report two men attempting to shoplift. The men left without a garbage can filled with inventory, but allegedly left with numerous items in a white van with no plates. Those items were later valued at $1,103.82.
On Jan. 30, the white van was located. One of the occupants was Morello. In the van was a backpack with Morello’s name on it, containing tools allegedly used for burglary and theft. Also found in the backpack were two small baggies with a white residue that later tested positive for cocaine and a baggie of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint.
Law enforcement watched Walmart’s video surveillance and one of the two men matched the appearance of Morello.
In a statement to officers, Morello allegedly said he was present when items were taken from stores and when gas was attempted to be stolen from Kierstad Trucking. He denied being present during the theft of tires at OK Tire and Bait.
If convicted, Morello faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.