Swanville man convicted of two counts of burglary

On Nov. 6, Morrison County District Courts convicted Adam Wayne Mortenson, 20, Swanville, of two felony counts of third degree burglary.

On April 10, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary at the Swanville City Park building. It was learned that someone had pried open a window to gain entrance and that about $200 cash and about $20 in change from the jukebox was taken.

While the officer was at the park building, another burglary was reported from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville. Someone had broken into the building and taken an iPod and a Century safe containing about $300 in cash and old records relating to baptisms, marriages and other important dates.

While investigating, a report of an overturned vehicle in Todd County came in and that the occupants were suspected in burglaries in Todd County.

Morrison County deputies responded and learned Mortenson was one of two occupants. In the vehicle were bags containing a large number of coins plus the two were carrying a large amount of cash. Also located was a handgun from another Morrison County burglary.

Todd County deputies located a charging port consistent with an iPod, a green bank bag with the words “Swanville State Bank” and a safe that appeared to have the front door pried off.

The other occupant of the vehicle told deputies that Mortenson and he went to Swanville and that Mortenson was dropped off. When later picked up, he said Mortenson had a large safe which was brought back to Mortenson’s residence. The contents of the safe, specifically five church books, were burned.

A search warrant obtained by Morrison County deputies for Mortenson’s residence located traces of the broken safe, burnt paper in the wood stove, a round bar and a fire poker, both with traces of the safe on them.

On one count of burglary, Mortenson was sentenced to 167 days in jail with 167 days credit for time served. He was also sentenced to 21 months in prison in St. Cloud, stayed for five years, fined $135 and given supervised probation for five years

On the second count of burglary, Mortenson was given a stay of imposition, which means the charges may be lowered to a misdemeanor if he abides by all the stipulations placed on him during probation. He spent 167 days in jail, was fined $585 and given five years of supervised probation.