WILLMAR -- Andrei Kevin Russell, 23, of St. Cloud, was arraigned Monday on multiple charges for his alleged role in home burglary in rural Lake Lillian.
He is charged with nine felony charges of first-degree burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. He also faces charges for possession of a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime conviction.
Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 by Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court. Conditional bail was allowed at $30,000 provided he has no contact with several others involved in the case and avoids the Lake Lillian home. His next appearance is Oct. 27.
Russell is one of four people charged in the case. Eight felony charges against Destinee Nicole Abrego, 21, of St. Cloud were taken under advisement Friday by Judge Donald M. Spilseth. Dawn Jean Meyer, 34, of Kerkhoven also faces eight felony charges and has a jury trial sent to begin Jan. 13. Ten felony charges against Juanel Anthony Mikulak, 20, of Kerkhoven were ordered dismissed Sept. 15 by Thompson for lack of probable cause.
According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called on the evening of June 11 to a rural Lake Lillian home. The residents reported the home burglarized while they were at work. Several rooms were ransacked. A stereo, video game, game cartridges, computer, four long guns, a handgun, five knives, a sewing machine and a jar of coins and bills were reported missing.
Pry marks were observed on the back door and tire tracks were visible at the scene. A small clock bore a noticeable thumbprint and was taken as evidence.
The homeowners suspected Meyer of the burglary. She is the ex-girlfriend of the deceased brother of one of the homeowners. Meyer and the homeowner had previously argued over a jar of change missing from the home and $10 she borrowed from the homeowner's son.
According to the complaint, Meyer called relatives of one of the homeowners and asking if they were working. She said she wanted to repay the $10. The homeowners were later informed of the call and returned home to find their house burglarized.
Officers executed a search warrant June 17 at the Meyer residence in Kerkhoven where they recovered a binocular set, three DVDs and five PlayStation II games said to have been taken from the Lake Lillian home. Police also determined that Mikulak also lived at the residence. Other stolen items were recovered at a Willmar apartment where Russell and Abrego lived. The complaint states the PlayStation II system, 12 games and a CD stereo system were pawned June 13 and that the items were recovered July 2 at a St. Cloud pawn shop.