Christian Carl Dahn, 31, and Joshua Bennett Byker, 30, both of Little Falls, were charged May 2, with two felony counts of first degree burglary each by the Seventh Judicial District Court in Morrison County. On April 30, a report of a burglary on Second Street Northeast in Little Falls was received by the Morrison County Dispatch. An officer met with the residents who told the officer they were upstairs at the time of the break-in.
The residents told the officer two people broke into their home by kicking open a door and that they were afraid someone was still in the home.
The residence was searched and no one was located.
The homeowners then noted several items were missing, including an air rifle. The police found a knife sheath without the knife which the home-owners said was not theirs. Also found was a Marlboro cigarette that did not belong to the homeowners.
The neighborhood was searched and one subject, Byker, was located walking west on Fourth Avenue Northeast. He was in possession of both an air rifle matching the description of the rifle stolen from the victims’ home and a knife that fit perfectly into the sheath found in the victims’ home.
Byker was placed under arrest.
The second suspect, Dahn, was found on Third Street Northeast, lying on the ground. He had a pack of Marlboro cigarettes in his possession which matched the cigarette found at the crime scene.
Dahn was also placed under arrest.
Another victim living on Third Street Northeast told the officer that Dahn and another man crawled through the dog door at her place to grab some clothing in order to change their clothes. She said Dahn previously lived there but he currently did not have permission to be in the home.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim said the two men bragged about a burglary they had just committed.
Byker gave a taped statement to law enforcement and he allegedly said he and Dahn went to the unknown home and while he was at the front door, Dahn entered the house from the back door.
Byker allegedly said he entered the home through the back door, even though he knew it was wrong. He said he stayed in the kitchen and denied taking anything from the house.
Byker said he left the home before Dahn and met up with him at the second residence. It was there he received the air rifle. He allegedly admitted crawling through the dog door to get in.
If convicted, both Dahn and Byker face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison an/or a $35,000 fine.