Brainerd man charged with burglary of Little Falls home

Jason Michael Johnson, 37, Brainerd, was charged Oct. 22, with one felony count of second degree burglary.

Officers from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Officer responded to a report of a burglary on Belle Pine Drive July 14. The victim had been out of town for a few days and returned to find numerous items missing. Those items included a flat screen television, a Nintendo video game, a Stihl yard blower and a safe containing jewelry and money.

The officers noted the front door had several pry marks near the dead bolt and it appeared as if the dead bolt had been worked open.

On Aug. 4, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle parked facing the wrong direction in the middle of the road. The male driver, later identified as Johnson, appeared to be passed out.

The deputy noted illegal drugs in the vehicle and Johnson allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine.

A search warrant was obtained and while searching for drugs, the officers found a prescription bottle with the name of the victim and a Nintendo video game.

Also taken from Johnson’s vehicle was a 12-inch pry bar.

Photographs of the items were sent to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and shown to the victim. She identified the items as having been stolen from her residence.

The pry bar was matched to the marks on the front door of the home. Also, white paint chips on the pry bar matched the color of the victim’s door frame.

Other items taken from the victim’s residence were located at Johnson’s home which included credit cards.

If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.