Swatara Man Sentenced in Grand Rapids and Deer River Burglaries

Charges stem from a string of burglaries in Grand Rapids and Deer River

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – Michael Gerard Hanson appeared in Itasca County District Court on June 20, 2017, according to Itasca County Attorney John Muhar.

Hanson is charged with six counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, stemming from allegations he burglarized multiple business in Deer River and Grand Rapids over a five month period from August 1, 2016 to January 2017.

As part of a plea agreement, Hanson pled guilty to all counts. The court sentenced Hanson to serve a 30 month prison sentence, provide a DNA sample, pay a $125 fine, and pay restitution to the victims in an amount to be determined at a later date.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

ITASCA COUNTY, Minn. – On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Itasca County Attorney John Muhar reports that Michael Gerard Hanson, 59, of Swatara, Minnesota, appeared in Itasca County District Court.

Hanson is charged with six counts of Burglary in the Third Degree. These charges stem from allegations that Hanson burglarized multiple businesses in Grand Rapids and Deer River over a five month period.

At a court hearing today, bail for Hanson has been set at $200,000 without conditions and $100,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is set for March 27, 2017 at 10 a.m.


Full Criminal Complaint:

On August 1, 2016, officers received a report of a burglary at Grand Rapids State Bank in Grand Rapids. Officers noted that bank video and physical evidence indicated that a male entered the bank by unscrewing a door lock and stole cash and gift cards.

On September 27, 2016, officers received a report of a burglary at Pizza Works restaurant in Grand Rapids. Officers noted that the following items were stolen: an Emerson flat screen 32″ television with a Comcast wireless device connected to it, a tall off-white garbage bag, bulk package restaurant product foods, and two point of sale keycards that look like credit cards.

On October 31, 2016, officers received report of a burglary at Lakeview Salon in Grand Rapids. Officers noted that multiple hair care products, $80 cash and four pieces of jewelry were stolen.

On October 31, 2016, officers received a report of an attempted burglary at Dotties Cafe in Grand Rapids. Officers noted that store video and physical evidence indicated a male attempted to enter the cafe by unscrewing a door lock.

On December 21, 2016, officers received a report of a burglary at Shaw Florist Shop in Grand Rapids. Officer noted that a clear plastic display case containing multiple decorative clocks was stolen. Officers noted that store video indicated that the suspect wore a hooded jacket, a ski mask, and Carhartt pants.

On January 7, 2017, officers received a report of a burglary at the Deer River Floral Shop in Deer River. Officers noted that multiple items had been stolen, including deer horns, elk antler sheds, Barbell Bee Honey, Fideldy Maple Syrup, and Naked Bee Body Lotion products. Officers noted video from the adjacent business that a white Chevy Astro van stopped behind the floral shop on January 7, 2017 at 2:50 a.m., and hat a person exited the vehicle for a few seconds before getting into the vehicle and driving away. Officers noted video from the Deer River School of the suspect vehicle driving past the school, located one half block from the floral shop, at 2:13 a.m. and 2:41 a.m. Officers noted White Oak Casino video of the suspect vehicle leaving the casino at 12:56 a.m. and traveling toward Deer River, and returning to the casino at 3:00 a.m. Officers received information from casino staff that the female from the suspect vehicle used a player’s club card int he name of Nichole Bartels.

Aitkin County officers assisted in the investigation and located the suspect vehicle at the address noted on the player’s club card. Officers also noted that Bartels’ boyfriend was a male later identified as Michael Gerard Hanson. Officers compared Hanson’s DVS photo with casino video and noted that Hanson was with Bartels at the casino.

On January 9, 2017, officers executed a search warrant at the residence in Swatara. Officers located Hanson and Bartels in the residence, arrested them, and transported them to Aitkin County Jail.

While executing the search warrant of the residence officers located deer horns, elk antler sheds, Barbell Bee Honey, Fideldy Maple Syrup, and Naked Bee Body Lotion products stolen from the Deer River Floral Shop. Officers also located the display case and decorative clocks stolen from Shaw Florist Shop. Officers also located multiple hair care products consistent with the hair care products stolen from Lakeview Salon. Officers also located the television stolen from Pizza Works. Officers also located methamphetamine, a schedule 2 drug.

Officers identified Hansona s the person who attempted to burglarize Dotties Cafe. Officers also noted that Hanson’s physical features, particularly his mustache, are consistent with the person who burglarized Grand Rapids State Bank.

On January 9, 2017, officers spoke with Bartels. Bartels stated that she had no knowledge of any of the burglaries, that she received many of the items in the residence from Hanson, that she received the decorative clocks form Hanson as Christmas gifts, that she obtained the haircare products from a dumpster in Duluth, that Hanson often leaves the residence without her and goes into dumpsters to collect various items, and that the television was obtained by Hanson.

Records indicate that Hanson has been convicted of the following felony offenses:

05/31/1979 – Burglary in the Third Degree(two counts)
12/28/1979 – Possession of Stolen Property
08/05/1985 – Felon in Possession of a Firearm
08/05/1985 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
08/05/1985 – Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
09/06/1985 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
11/02/1987 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
05/07/1990 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
09/11/1990 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
05/07/1991 – Possession of Stolen Property
02/28/1992 – Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree
10/14/1992 – Reckless Endangerment
12/04/1996 – Burglary in the Second Degree
11/08/2004 – Controlled Substance Crime in the First Degree
08/20/2012 – Burglary in the Third Degree

Records also indicated that Bartels has pending charges in St. Louis County including the felony crime of Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and the gross misdemeanor crime of Financial Card Transaction fraud and has failed to appear in court regarding these offenses on 01/05/2016, 07/05/2016, 09/12/2016, 11/07/2016. Bartels also has warrnts for her arrest for failure to appear in court on 11/07/2016.

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