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Burglary in Emily

Web posted August 5, 2014
By Kate Perkins, Northland Press Correspondent

A father and son were arrested July 24 for burglary of items at Northland Community Self Storage on Highway 6 north of Crosby. James Dwight Scott, 63, and Adam John Scott, 29, both of Emily, have been charged with felony counts of burglary.

According to the criminal complaints: A storage unit owner, Elijah Hanson, arrived at his storage unit at noon July 24 to find the lock drilled and smashed, and tools and other items were missing. The unit wouldn’t lock, so deputies from the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s department advised Hanson to move his belongings to another location until the lock could be fixed.

Hanson again contacted the sheriff’s department at about 4:30 p.m. that same day. He reported having arrived at his storage unit a half hour earlier to find more of his property had been stolen.

Closing the door but leaving it open just an inch, Hanson decided to wait inside the storage unit to see if anyone returned.

About five minutes later, Hanson heard a car pull up in front of his unit and a male walked in. Hanson pointed a firearm at the man, later identified as Adam Scott, and had him lay on the ground with his hands on his head. Adam Scott initially complied, but later got up and went back to his vehicle. Hanson tried to stop him, attempting to get the keys from the ignition, but was unsuccessful.

Adam Scott told Hanson that he too had a unit at the storage facility, and had heard that units had been broken into. Adam Scott claimed that when he saw the door part way open, he went to check the unit.

Hanson was able to get a partial plate number on the vehicle Adam Scott was driving, a blue Tahoe, and those plate numbers matched numbers on a blue Tahoe belonging to James Scott.

Around 5 p.m. the same day, individuals in the Cuyuna area called the sheriff’s department explaining that a blue Tahoe had driven past them at a high rate of speed. They then noticed the vehicle backed into the woods. Deputies responded and found several items in the woods that had been stolen from Hanson. A can of Diet Dr. Thunder was also located nearby, which the individuals from Cuyuna said had not been there earlier that day.

A search warrant was executed on James Scott’s vehicle and deputies found several cans of Diet Dr. Thunder along with more items that had been taken from Hanson’s storage unit.

Deputies arrested Adam Scott, whom admitted that he and James Scott had been to the storage units three times July 24. He admitted that when he visited Hanson’s unit, he was surprised by Hanson holding a gun. Adam Scott said they then went to the woods and James Scott unloaded items while Adam Scott threw garbage out the window.

In a press release from the sheriff’s department, Sheriff Todd Dahl thanked the public for their help in the burglary arrest. Thanks to the individuals in Cuyuna calling in suspicious activity, and the good description of the Scotts and their vehicle from Hanson, deputies were able to arrest the burglars.

Dahl reminds the public to call in any suspicious activity. “The public is our eyes and ears of what’s going on in the county,” Dahl said.

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