Brandon David Plante was charged March 6 with third-degree burglary and theft of property valued at more than $500 but less than $1,001, in Morrison County District Court.
On Jan. 19, a resident reported the theft of two Stihl chain saws, valued at $500 each, from his garage on 175th Avenue.
The victim told law enforcement he believed Plante had stolen the chain saws, because he had allegedly seen Plante, who was not allowed on the property, drive away from the building at a high rate of speed.
The victim told officers he could see no sign of forced entry into the garage, but the garage had a large pet door through which a person might easily fit.
A sheriff’s deputy discovered Plante allegedly pawned a Stihl chain saw in Coon Rapids, Jan. 13. When confronted by the victim, Plante allegedly admitted he had the other stolen chain saw in his possession, but would not say where.
On Feb. 6, Plante, 19, was arrested for outstanding warrants. During a taped statement with law enforcement, Plante allegedly admitted stealing one of the chain saws from the property and pawning it, but denied taking the other chain saw.
If found guilty, Plante faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.