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Father and son charged in Emily burglaries

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Father and son charged in Emily burglaries
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A father and son could face five years in prison on gross misdemeanor burglary charges in connection of burglaries at a storage unit in Emily.


James Dwight Scott, 63, and Adam John Scott, 29, both from Emily, were charged Monday in Crow Wing District Court in front of Judge Earl E. Maus with third-degree burglary charges for aiding and abetting.

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl said he is thankful for the public's help that led to the arrests of two Emily men. The sheriff's office asked for the public's help a few weeks ago in locating a moving-type van that was involved in a burglary on Maghan Road located east of Brainerd. Through several tips from the public and networking with other law enforcement agencies, the van was located in Mille Lacs County. Investigators were able to process the van and obtain several items of evidence which have been sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis. Suspects were identified and are believed to be involved in several other burglaries and thefts in Mille Lacs, Morrison and Anoka counties.

Crow Wing County deputies responded Thursday to a burglary of several storage units at Northland Community Self Storage, located on Highway 6 north of Crosby. One of the owners of a storage unit was waiting inside because his storage unit had been entered earlier in the day, the sheriff's office said. The two suspects were confronted by the owner when they broke into his storage unit and fled the scene. The owner was able to give deputies a good description of the suspects and their vehicle.

According to the criminal complaints filed against the Scotts, the owner of one of the units said he was using the unit as his garage and stored many of his tools there. Someone had tried to drill the lock and smashed the lock. Tools and other items were missing from the storage unit.

The owner contacted the sheriff's office again later on Thursday, to report that the two suspects had entered his storage unit again, but had left.

The owner waited inside the unit to see if anyone would return. He closed the door to the unit, leaving it open about an inch. About five minutes later, a vehicle pulled in front of the unit and a male opened the door and walked in. The complaint said the owner pointed a firearm at the suspect, Adam Scott, and had him get onto the floor and put his hands behind his head. Initially, Scott complied, but then went back to his vehicle. The owner attempted to stop him and attempted to take the keys from the ignition, but was unsuccessful.

The complaint said that Adam Scott told the owner he had a unit at the facility and had heard there were break-ins at the facility and decided to check the owner's unit when he saw the door open.

Shortly after the confrontation between the suspect and the owner, reports of a suspicious vehicle in the ditch came into the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. The report indicated that there were two males unloading items and placing them in the woods. The vehicle description matched the one that had fled the storage units.

With the information provided by the public, deputies were able to identify the suspects. Deputies drafted a search warrant for the residence of James Scott where they located items taken from the storage unit.

Adam Scott admitted to deputies that he and James Scott went to Northland Community Self Storage three times on Thursday, the complaint said.

Dahl reminds the public to call in any suspicious activity to the sheriff's office at 829-4749.

"The public is our eyes and ears of what's going on in the county," he said.

Jennifer Stockinger
(218) 855-5851